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21 injured in fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego

Twenty-one people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego.
Credit: AP
Smoke rises from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego Sunday, July 12, 2020, in San Diego after an explosion and fire Sunday on board the ship at Naval Base San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Twenty-one people have suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego.

The blaze was called in shortly before 9 a.m. on the USS Bonhomme Richard. The cause is under investigation.

 Officials don't immediately know where on the 840-foot amphibious assault vessel the fire was sparked. 

San Diego is the Bonhomme Richard’s home port, and it was undergoing routine maintenance at the time of the fire. 

Officials said about 160 sailors and officers were on board — far fewer than the thousand typically on the ship when it’s on active duty.