The USS George Washington aircraft carrier had a fire on Thursday, May 22, at 7:50 am. The fire started near the aft air conditioning, refrigeration and auxiliary boiler room.
A sailor was seriously injured with first degree burns while 23 others suffered heat stress. The ship was on its way to Yokosuka in Japan when the fire broke out. It had to do a replenishment operation in the Pacific Ocean.
The fire was extinguished by the crew. The blaze lasted for about 2 hours before it was contained and eventually put out. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the fire. The carrier’s Commanding Officer, Captain Dave Dykhoff, praised his staff for their heroic actions.
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