US Navy and firefighters battle for second day to save burning warship in San Diego
Hundreds of firefighters battled through a second day from the air, land and water to save a war vessel swept by flames while moored at a San Diego shipyard, as the number of sailors and civilians injured in the blaze rose to nearly 60.
The USS Bonhomme Richard, an amphibious assault ship whose size ranks second in the Navy fleet to that of an aircraft carrier, remained largely shrouded in thick, acrid smoke as the vessel began listing to its starboard side.
The fire, accompanied by at least one large explosion in the lower cargo hold of the 257-metre ship, docked for routine maintenance at its home port at Naval Base San Diego.
Since then, flames have spread upward throughout much of the ship and into the tower and other structures on the top of the vessel.
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