Four Injured After Fire on Carrier
MAYPORT NAVAL STATION, Fla. (AP) _ A flash fire eight levels below the deck of the USS Saratoga aircraft carrier injured three civilian welders and a sailor Saturday, the Navy said.
The men were replacing a pipe at about 2:30 p.m. when the fire started, said Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Hondo, a spokesman for the Naval Air Force at the Atlantic Fleet headquarters in Norfolk, Va.
″One of the injured civilians and the Navy man suffered second-degree flash burns and were flown by helicopter to area hospitals. The other victims were taken by ambulance,″ Hondo said. None of the injuries was life- threatening, he said.
Damage to the ship docked at Mayport Naval Station was minimal and the fire burned itself out almost immediately, said Capt. Barry Dysart, executive officer of the Saratoga.
″There was no structural damage to the ship. It will have no impact on our operations at all,″ Dysart said.
Both the Navy and Atlantic Marine Inc., the welders’ Jacksonville employer, said they would investigate to determine the cause of the fire.
The Saratoga is based at Mayport and carries a crew of about 5,000 when fully staffed. It has been undergoing minor repairs since returning in June from training operations along the Eastern seaboard.