It took about three and a half hours before a fire aboard a Navy amphibious ship docked in Portsmouth was declared under control, reports 13newsnow.com
According to a news release, the fire was discovered aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) at approximately 2 p.m. while the ship was undergoing a “maintenance availablity” at NASSCO/Earl Industries shipyard in Portsmouth, Va.
They said initial reports indicate that the fire began in an unmanned storeroom below the main deck.
The ship’s in-port emergency fire team responded to the initial report and the Portsmouth Fire Department was notified and responded with multiple units to provide mutual assistance.
The fire was declared out at about 5:25 p.m.
The report said that all personnel were accounted for, and that one Navy firefighter experienced a minor smoke inhalation injury, but quickly returned to duty.
The statement said: “The Navy is grateful for the prompt and professional response of the Portsmouth Fire and Rescue Department.”
According to an initial report obtained by Navy Times, officials suspect that a plasma cutter was the source of the fire, but an investigation is underway to pinpoint the cause.
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