WASHINGTON, DC (Fri, May 25) – After a 12-hour battle firefighters succeeded to douse a fire inside a nuclear-powered US Navy submarine in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, officials said, but the fire has caused extensive damage.
Seven people, including five firefighters, sustained minor injuries. All have been released from hospital after medical treatment.
The USS Miami, worth an estimated $900 million, was in the third month of a planned 20 months of maintenance at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
According to a statement from Rear Admiral Rick Breckenridge, commander of Submarine Group Two, the fire broke out just before 6 pm Wednesday on the USS Miami, an attack submarine docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, in Kittery, Maine.
The cause of the fire has not immediately been identified, Breckenridge said, but a thorough investigation is being carried out and will soon be found out.
“The fire spread to spaces within the submarine that were difficult to access. The heat and smoke contained in these confined spaces made it challenging for firefighters to combat the blaze,” Breckenridge said in another statement after the firefighters controlled the fire.