Fire Aboard USS George Washington Causes Injury, Damage

Last Update: 5/23 8:51 pm
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One sailor suffered minor burns and 23 sailors were treated for heat stress after a fire broke out aboard the USS George Washington nuclear powered aircraft carrier.

Sailors extinguished the fire several hours after flames were spotted Thursday morning near the auxiliary boiler room and the air conditioning and refrigeration space in the rear of the ship.

The Navy says the carrier's propulsion plant was not damaged and the fire did not threaten the safety of the ship's nuclear reactor.

The Navy says it is investigating cause of the fire, which spread through a passageway for cables.

The Norfolk, Va.-based George Washington is en route to its new home port of Yokosuka, Japan.

The ship is sailing on toward a previously scheduled stop in San Diego.

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