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Wed May 23, 2012
Fire reported on nuclear-powered sub at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
A fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has injured seven people, including five firefighters.
Crews responded at about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday to the USS Miami SSN 755 at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine.
Rear Admiral Rick Breckenridge said the fire was out Thursday morning and the shipyard was open as usual. He said the three shipyard firefighters, two civilian firefighters and two crew members received minor injuries and were in good shape.
Breckenridge said the fire started in the four forward compartments, which include living and command and control spaces. The sub's reactor wasn't operating at the time and was unaffected. No weapons were on board.
The cause is under investigation.
The USS Miami is a Los Angeles class submarine. It arrived at the shipyard for maintenance and upgrade work in March. Its home station is Groton, Conn., where the U.S. Navy has a submarine base.