Saturday, September 15, 2007

USS LEYTE GULF catches fire

My son says to me, "Did you hear about the Navy ship that blew up in Norfolk?"

Well, that's not quite what happened, but... From Katie Collett at WAVY TV, we learn,
Fire on Naval Ship Sends Five to Sentara Norfolk

Sep 15, 2007 11:46 AM

A Naval ship in for repairs in Norfolk caught fire this morning sending five civilian contractors to the hospital. Norfolk Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Evans tells 10 On Your Side a small fire broke out on the second deck of the Leyte Gulf around 9:25am in the BAE Systems Shipyard. Evans says the fire was quickly extinguished.

The fire began in a birthing area, or sleeping quarters, for sailors. Workers were welding an area when the fire broke out, but it's unclear if the welding is what sparked the fire. Evans emphasizes, this is not an act of terrorism.

BAE workers were sent home early from their shifts. One worker tells 10 On Your Side he was on the Leyte Gulf this morning when he felt an explosion rock the ship. When he went onto the main deck, he says he saw several of the contractors being taken away on stretchers.
Appears from the report, and the lack of breaking news on other sites and from other MSM outlets, just an industrial accident.

No terror hit on US soil today.

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