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Sailors fighting to save burning San Diego warship

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jul 14, 2020

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Hundreds of sailors are fighting to save a burning Navy warship docked in San Diego three days after it caught fire.

A Navy statement says there's been significant progress and much less smoke is being emitted from the USS Bonhomme Richard on Tuesday.

The USS Bonhomme Richard caught fire on Sunday while undergoing maintenance at a berth and sent acrid smoke over downtown.

Some 400 sailors, aided by outside fire agencies and Navy helicopters, are pouring water on the flames. Officials say fire temperatures have reached 1,000 degrees.

The blaze is burning two decks above the ship's fuel supply: a million gallons of oil that could spill if there's a rupture. The U.S. Coast Guard has hired a clean-up crew to put a containment boom in place if there's a spill.