21 injured after major fire breaks out on US Navy ship

CHRISTINA ROSS / NAVY OFFICE OF INFORMATION / AFP

At least 21 people have been injured after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the US Naval Base in San Diego.

Seventeen sailors on the USS Bonhomme Richard and four civilians have been moved to a local hospital to treat for non-life-threatening injuries.

In a Tweet, the US Pacific Fleet Naval Surface Forces said the entire crew is off the ship and accounted for.

The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. 

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