Fire On Nuclear Sub Injures 4

By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CNN Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
A fire broke out Wednesday on a nuclear submarine docked at a U.S. Navy shipyard in Maine, injuring four people, authorities said.

KITTERY, Maine - A fire has been reported on a nuclear submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The Portsmouth Fire Department is responding to the fire on the USS Miami SSN 755. Shipyard public affairs specialist Gary Hildreth says the fire is located in the forward compartment of the ship. He says emergency personnel are on the scene. All nonessential personnel have been evacuated from the ship.

(CNN) -- A fire broke out Wednesday on a nuclear submarine docked at a U.S. Navy shipyard in Maine, injuring four people, authorities said.

The USS Miami's reactor was not operating at the time and was not affected, according to Gary Hildreth, a public affairs officer for the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.

State, local, and federal authorities were notified of the incident.

Fire crews responded at 5:41 p.m. to a report of a fire in the forward compartment of the Miami.

Four people were injured by flames, Hildreth said. One was treated and released at the scene. Two of three hospitalized were late released.

The USS Miami is a fast-attack submarine of the Los Angeles class, according to Navy spokesperson Lt. Myers Vasquez.

According to Hildreth, Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was established on June 12, 1800, and is the oldest continuously-operating shipyard operated by the Navy.


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