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Fire aboard US nuclear submarine

2012-05-24 09:13

Washington - At least six people were injured when a fire broke out on a US nuclear submarine at a dockyard in the state of Maine, but the nuclear reactor on board was not in danger, the navy said on Thursday.

The fire broke out at around 06:00 on Wednesday on the USS Miami - which was in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for maintenance and upgrades - and was still burning early on Thursday, according to port spokesperson Tami Remick.

Remick said the fire broke out in the forward part of the vessel, which houses living quarters and command and control spaces.

She said there were no weapons on board the submarine and that the nuclear reactor "remains in safe and secure condition".

Remick declined to say whether the injured were crew members or firefighters.

Comments
  • Buzz - 2012-05-24 09:47

    As the old saying goes: "Fire in the drydock is 3 times more likley than at sea"

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