Navy sees progress against blaze on warship in San Diego Bay

Navy Ship Fire

Helicopters approach the USS Bonhomme Richard as crews fight the fire Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Diego. Fire crews continue to battle the blaze Monday after 21 people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The fight to save a burning Navy warship docked in San Diego has entered a third day with indications of improvement.

A Navy statement says there’s been significant progress and much less smoke is being emitted from the USS Bonhomme Richard on Tuesday.

The ship caught fire Sunday as it was undergoing maintenance at a berth. Some 400 sailors, outside fire agencies and Navy helicopters are pouring water on the ship.

The Coast Guard has hired a clean-up crew to put a containment boom in place in case there’s a spill of the million gallons of oil aboard the vessel.

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