Fire Breaks Out Aboard Navy Landing Ship off Coast

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An engine-room fire broke out on the tank landing ship Schenectady off Southern California this week, injuring six sailors who battled the blaze, Navy spokesman Paul Versailles said.

The fire began about midnight Tuesday. The ship came into the Naval Station at 32nd Street under its own power, and repair crews were assessing the damage Wednesday, Versailles said.

Six injured crew members, whose names were not released, were treated at the Navy Hospital in Balboa Park, he said. Three, suffering from smoke inhalation, were admitted to the hospital’s intensive-care unit. One was released later Wednesday, and the other two are expected to be released by the weekend.


Of the other three, one man suffered a broken wrist; the rest of the injuries were described as bumps and bruises.

Crew members of the Schenectady put out the fire with the help of other Navy and Coast Guard ships in the vicinity.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.