Officials investigating after 21 sailors, civilians hospitalized in San Diego naval ship explosion

first_imgMultiple agencies at scene with SDFD – 3455 Senn St. working a military ship fire. #shipfire pic.twitter.com/9u9HqDUM32— SDFD (@SDFD) July 12, 2020Two firefighting teams were working on board the ship to contain the blade, Federal Fire San Diego Division Chief Rob Bondurant said in a statement released late Sunday afternoon local time.“Federal Fire is rotating their crews aboard the ship with U.S. Navy firefighting crews from the waterfront to fight the fire in order to find the seat of the fire and extinguish it,” he said, adding that Navy Region Southwest tug boats are also battling the fire from the water.Two neighboring Navy ships — the USS Fitzgerald and USS Russell — have since moved away from the fire.The origin of the fire is pending investigation.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. MattGush/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO and CAMMERON PARRISH, ABC News(SAN DIEGO) — More than a dozen sailors and several civilians have been hospitalized following an explosion on a Navy ship in San Diego on Sunday, officials said.A fire broke out aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard sometime around 8:30 a.m. local time, said officials with the Naval Surface Forces. The blaze escalated to a three-alarm fire, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, which assisted in battling the fire along with base and shipboard firefighting teams.Seventeen sailors, as well as four civilians, are being treated at a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Mike Raney, a spokesman for the Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, confirmed to ABC News Sunday afternoon.Several of the injuries were said to be serious while others were from smoke inhalation, officials said.A defense official told ABC News that 19 federal firefighters have also suffered at least minor injuries fighting the blaze.There were 160 sailors aboard at the time the fire started, and the entire crew is off the ship and accounted for, Naval Surface Forces said.All SDFD responders have also been accounted for, officials said.The USS Bonhomme Richard, currently undergoing maintenance, has a crew size of about 1,000, Raney said.At a press conference Sunday evening, Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck said the origin of the fire appeared to be in the lower cargo hold of the ship. It was unclear what caused the explosion, but that there is a “low risk for secondary explosions,” he said.Authorities have cleared a 1,800-foot perimeter around the ship and are monitoring the temperature of the ship and the air quality, Sobeck said. The U.S. Coast Guard has also closed San Diego Channel south of Coronado Bridge to all boating traffic, he said.Officials told ABC News it would likely be very hard to put the fire out. Local, base and shipboard firefighting teams were responding, officials said.“All in-port ships have been contacted and directed to provide fire parties to possibly assist with firefighting efforts,” Raney said.last_img read more

Read More

Raymond Elmer Luers, 80

first_imgRaymond Elmer Luers was born May 6, 1936 in Osgood, Indiana to Conrad and Emma Luers. He passed away on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 80.Raymond grew up in Indiana and served in the United States Army. He married Alice Effinger on September 10, 1960 and they came to Chickasha in 1976. He worked as a Supervisor for Delta for 24 years and retired at the age of 55.He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Ruth Narwold and 3 brothers: Wilbur Luers, Clifford Luers and Bob Luers.Raymond is survived by his wife, Alice Luers;Children: Tim Luers and his wife, Lisa; Tammy Singleton and her husband, Boyd;Grandchildren: Joshua Luers and his wife, Sherrie; Zackery Luers and his wife, Randi; Elizabeth Bailey; Heather Ramirez and her husband, Daniel; Brandon Doughty and Kalyssa Singleton;Great Grandchildren: Owen Luers, Blaire Luers, Jace Luers, Emery Luers, Jessalyn Luers, Kylin Chaffin, Kaylie Chaffin, Ryder Bailey, Olivia Bailey, Jaelynn and Kaydence Ramirez;Brother, Gilbert Luers.Funeral service was held on Monday, March 20, 2017, at Bible Baptist Church.last_img read more

Read More

Hughes unhappy with referee Foy

first_img “Thankfully Diouf jumped out of the way, but the referee should have stopped the game there and then. It was a dangerous challenge. “He might argue he tried to play advantage – well, we didn’t gain one. We were at a disadvantage because they go up the other end and score their opening goal. “It is a poor decision from the referee and he needs to do better than that.” Asked whether he thought play would have been stopped if it had been a Stoke player making the challenge, Hughes said: “I can’t say that. But I can think it, maybe.” And then asked if he felt Song should have been red carded, Hughes added: “He didn’t catch him, but there was the potential because he was out of control. “Referees are told – for want of a better phrase – to stamp out those challenges, but he didn’t do anything about it. I don’t think he even talked to him after. “He is one of senior referees and he has to better than that.” West Ham boss Sam Allardyce stressed Song’s tackle had happened some way back from where the goal was scored. Stoke boss Mark Hughes was critical of referee Chris Foy after the official did not punish a challenge from Alex Song in the build-up to West Ham’s first goal in their 2-2 draw at the Britannia Stadium. Play was allowed to continue in the 60th minute following Song’s rash-looking tackle on Mame Biram Diouf, and the Hammers were able to move the ball upfield with Stewart Downing, from whose cross Enner Valencia headed in to make it 2-1. Hughes said after the Barclays Premier League contest: “It was a poor challenge by Song – he dived in two-footed, with both feet off the ground. Press Association “I could see a lot of challenges that should have gone our way that went theirs, and vice-versa,” Allardyce said. “We had an awful long way to go to score, because that challenge, if I remember correctly, was only about 10 yards outside our box. It wasn’t as if it happened on the edge of theirs and we took it and shot into the net. “We played brilliantly from that ball retention, down the right hand side with a brilliant cross from Stewart Downing and a fantastic header from Enner Valencia.” West Ham subsequently equalised in the 73rd minute through the same combination, Valencia crossing and Downing firing in. Allardyce, whose side had won four of their previous five games and are fifth in the table, felt the Hammers showed great character to salvage a point, and had particular praise for Downing. “It was a point that was well-earned and maybe not deserved, but that’s the way the Premier League is,” Allardyce said. “We haven’t played as well as we want to, but we have got something out of the game, which speaks major volumes for the character of this team. “Downing was outstanding. He has flourished in the hole again. “We started with him out wide, but once we brought him back into the middle again he started getting into the areas much better and was much more dangerous.” Stoke had deservedly led 2-0 thanks to goals from Victor Moses – his first for the club – in the 33rd minute and Diouf in the 56th. Hughes was pleased with the performance in many ways, but ultimately rued his side’s missed chances as he was denied the perfect 51st birthday present. Asked if it counted as happy birthday, Hughes said: “Not particularly. I’m getting old and we didn’t win, so it’s not a good combination. “I thought we were excellent – it was arguably one of our most creative and dynamic performances this season. “But we need to convert more chances than we did, because we were by far the superior team.” Regarding Moses – recently at the centre of controversy when he was branded a diving ”cheat” by Swansea boss Garry Monk – Hughes said: “Victor has done really well ever since he came to the club (on loan for the season from Chelsea over the summer) and it is good for him to get his first goal for us.” Hughes was also happy with the contribution of Bojan Krkic, who was making his first Premier League start since September. “I think he benefitted from the game he had on Wednesday (a start in the Capital One Cup against Southampton),” said Hughes, whose team are 12th in the table. “I thought it was important I gave him confidence and trust today. “You could see the difference in his play from when he started the initial couple of games at the beginning of the season. “The more games he plays, the better he will be. He will be a success here.” last_img read more

Read More