A fire erupted on board the USS Miami, SSN 755, a US Navy nuclear submarine, that was in port at the Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Seven people have been injured, five of them Navy firefighters while fighting the fire which began Wednesday but only extinguished Thursday. Officals described the fire as "challenging."
Firefighters were first summoned to the dry docks at 5:41pm and as the evening wore on, the fire grew to a four alarm fire.
Rear Adm. Rick Breckinridge, commander of Submarine Group 2 in Groton, Conn. has said that at no time was the submarine's nuclear reactor in danger.
“The heat and smoke contained in these confined spaces made it challenging for firefighters to combat the blaze,” he said.
He praised the “heroic actions” of the firefighters who “averted what could have been a much more severe situation. As a result of their quick and effective response, the fire was contained and brought under control.”
The USS Miami is a Los Angeles class nuclear attack submarine that was commissioned in 1990.