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Explosion Injures Two Crewmen Aboard Oil Tanker in Bay; Fire Quickly Put Out

July 17, 1989

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ An explosion and fire erupted aboard a Panamanian tanker anchored near a city pier Sunday, seriously burning two crewmen, the Coast Guard said.

The fire aboard the Yamato Spirit was put out about 25 minutes after it was reported around 1:50 p.m. by three Coast Guard boats, a fire boat and a helicopter, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Chuck Wullenjohn.

The Yamato Spirit, which had 24 crewmembers on board, is owned by Compania Naviera Rose SA of Panama, according to the Lloyd’s Register of Shipping.

The injured crewmen, whose names were not released, were taken to San Francisco General Hospital.

One was in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns on his face, hands and feet, said a nursing supervisor at San Francisco General Hospital who refused to give her name. The other was in serious condition with second- and third-degree burns on his hands and feet.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Office is investigating the cause of the explosion.

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