Sailors treated after US aircraft-carrier fire

The US Navy says a fire aboard the USS George Washington aircraft carrier has left one sailor with minor burns and 23 others with heat stress.

The Navy said that sailors extinguished the fire several hours after flames were spotted yesterday near the auxiliary boiler room and air conditioning and refrigeration space in the rear of the nuclear powered ship. The fire spread through a passageway for cables.

The carrier’s propulsion plant was not damaged and the fire did not threaten the safety of the ship’s nuclear reactor.

All the sailors were treated for their injuries.

The Norfolk, Virginia-based ship was in the Pacific headed to San Diego when the fire broke out.

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