About 160 sailors were on board when the fire was reported

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San Diego.- A fire broke out on Sunday aboard a vessel American warfare docked at the Naval Base San Diego leaving at least 18 marine with injuries, the Navy and local firefighters reported.

He fire Department of San Diego reported a explosion Along with the fire, which occurred at 8:30 am local time (1530 GMT) aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, a vessel amphibious assault.

Video images showed that much of the vessel The 257-meter war tank was shrouded in smoke, as firefighting boats in the harbor directed jets of water toward the burning ship.

« Eighteen sailors were transferred to a local hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, » the Surface Naval Forces wrote on Twitter. « The entire crew is off the ship and everyone is numbered. »

About 160 sailors were on board when the fire was reported. The television station of San DiegoKGTV, an affiliate of ABC News, reported that the ship was under routine maintenance at the time and normally carries a crew of approximately 1,000 people.

Rear Admiral Charles Brown, a spokesman for the US Navy, said the injured sailors had suffered mainly from smoke inhalation and minor burns.