Explosion, Fire with Injuries on USS Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Assault Ship at Naval Base San Diego

USS Bonhomme Richard was possibly moored at Pier 2 off of Senn Street when the fire occurred (Google Satellite View © 2020)
USS Bonhomme Richard was possibly moored at Pier 2 off of Senn Street when the fire occurred (Google Satellite View © 2020).

Injuries reported at fire on USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego: 21 hospitalized with injuries, most stable with smoke inhalation (CBS 8 San Diego press conference with US Naval official).

Firefighters in San Diego responded about 8:30 a.m. PT Sunday July 12, 2020 to an explosion and fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard — a Wasp class amphibious assault ship. No armaments were on board, according to as information released at a US Navy press conference Sunday. The ship was undergoing maintenance while it was at its home port of Naval Base San Diego.

San Diego city firefighters, Federal Fire Department base and shipboard firefighters responded to extinguish the fire. The US Navy reported 17 sailors and four civilians were transported to the hospital. The injuries were initially believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The sailors are reportedly in “stable condition.” Condition statuses were not initially available regarding the civilians injured in connection with the fire incident.




About 160 sailors were aboard the ship at the time of the fire. All sailors were evacuated from the USS Bonhomme Richard and accounted for, according to the US Navy.

Some naval ships were moved away from the scene, and a perimeter with an 1800-foot radius was established surrounding the USS Bonhomme Richard. ABC 10News KGTV crews at the scene reported a toxic smell emanating from the fire scene.

As a health precaution, officials from National City — a city located in the South Bay region of the San Diego region — advised residents to stay inside and limit their time outside as a safety precaution. National City is closer to the naval base compared to downtown San Diego. Heartland Fire Department also warned that the smell of smoke may be detected in the East County due to the ship fire.

A three-alarm fire on the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) was reported at 8:51 a.m. on the morning of July 12, 2020 at the naval base the base located on 32nd Street in San Diego. At least 17 sailors and four civilians were hospitalized after the fire and an explosion onboard naval ship USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego. About 160 sailors and officers were on board when the fire started; everyone was evacuated and accounted for according to Brian O’Rourke, a Navy spokesman (Archived Live Stream/CBS 8 San Diego).

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USS Bonhomme Richard was possibly moored at Pier 2 off of Senn Street when the fire occurred (Google Satellite View © 2020)
USS Bonhomme Richard was possibly moored at Pier 2 off of Senn Street when the fire occurred (Google Satellite View © 2020).