Greater than 400 sailors on Monday have been still struggling to extinguish the huge hearth raging aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard in San Diego — and Navy brass can’t say how lengthy it would take to place it out.
The fireplace has introduced down the ship’s ahead mast and precipitated different harm to the ship’s superstructure that rises above its flight deck, ABC Information reported.
“There’s a large quantity of warmth beneath and that’s the place it’s flashing up, additionally ahead, nearer to the bow once more there’s a warmth supply and we’re making an attempt to get to that as effectively,” Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group three advised reporters Monday in San Diego.
Sobeck stated that the temperatures in the fireplace’s warmth sources had reached 1,000 levels, and with temperatures that excessive, the sailors can solely work in rotating 15-minute shifts combating the conflagration.
Requested if he believed the ship could possibly be saved, Sobeck stated he hoped so.
“I really feel completely hopeful as a result of now we have sailors giving it their all,” he stated, the community reported.
He additionally stated he felt assured that the blaze wouldn’t get near the ship’s million-gallon gasoline provide, which lies two decks beneath the fireplace.
Groups of sailors have been pouring water onto the ship from the pier and from tugboats alongside the stricken vessel.
Navy helicopters have additionally dropped 415 buckets of water on the ship, much like what they’d accomplished to assist put out wildfires.
There have been 57 sailors injured after the fireplace began aboard the ship on Sunday, most from exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
Sobeck had no details about how the fireplace began, however stated it originated in the “decrease V” a part of the ship’s aft or rear part, which usually holds gear utilized by Marines when they’re aboard.
For the reason that ship has been in upkeep, it has been used to carry upkeep provides, together with cardboard bins and different flammable particles.
“As a result of the ship was in the shipyard, there’s a number of scaffolding and many particles in the best way,” Sobeck stated.