Hundreds of Navy sailors were continuing on Monday to battle a raging fire on the U.S.S. Bonhomme Richard at a San Diego naval base, one of the worst blazes to ever engulf an American warship outside of combat.
The fire, which began Sunday morning, has destroyed the ship’s forward mast and created what Navy officials described as an inferno beneath its superstructure, reaching temperatures as high as 1,000 degrees.
All 59 people who were injured — 36 sailors and 23 civilians — were released from several area hospitals by Monday afternoon, a Navy spokeswoman said. They had been treated for injuries including heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
Now, attention has turned to the fate of the ship, and to the impact that the billowing smoke may have on communities near the naval base.