Seven Injured in Nuclear Submarine Fire

By Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
Alex Johnston
May 24, 2012 Updated: May 27, 2012

A fire on a nuclear submarine at a Navy shipyard in Maine was extinguished on Thursday, but left seven people injured.

Rear Adm. Rick Breckenridge said in a statement that the fire on the U.S.S. Miami was “successfully extinguished.” The vessel was docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

“I repeat, the fire is out,” reiterated Breckenridge.

The submarine’s nuclear reactor has been shut off for the past two months and remains in safe and stable condition. There were no weapons on board, the statement said.

“The fire and subsequent damage was limited to the forward compartment spaces only, which includes crew living and command and control spaces,” Breckenridge said. “The nuclear propulsion spaces were physically isolated.”

The heat and smoke within the confined area inside the vessel “made it challenging for fire-fighters to combat the blaze,” Breckenridge added. The injuries suffered were minor, he said, emphasizing “the heroic actions” of the local firefighters in battling the blaze.

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