Eleven sailors suffered minor injuries in a fire that broke out aboard the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD-7), on Nov. 13.
The fire reportedly broke out at about 11:45 p.m. while the ship was in undergoing maintenance at Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida.
“Sailors on board reported smoke in a cargo hold and a subsequent damage control investigation identified the fire and confirmed the fire had not spread to surrounding spaces,” said a statement from Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 2 (ESG 2). “In total, 11 Iwo Jima Sailors reported minor injuries; they were treated at the scene and released.”
The fire was put out at around 4:35 a.m by the ship’s company, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Sailors from the nearby Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (DDG-68).
“Sailors are rigorously trained to combat casualties such as this fire, and we are grateful for the assistance of the installation and the local community to help ensure the safety of our people and our ships,” said Iwo Jima commander Capt. Darrell Canady.
The cause of the fire is now under investigation.