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2 sailors injured after USS Iwo Jima catches fire at Naval Station Mayport

A tug boat pulls the USS Iwo Jima from the pier at Mayport Naval Station in October 2016. [Joe Daraskevich, The Florida Times-Union]
November 17, 2019

Two sailors suffered minor injuries after a Navy ship caught on fire for several hours at Naval Station Mayport overnight.

The USS Iwo Jima reported a fire in a cargo hold at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday.

The ship’s crew, sailors from USS The Sullivans, Federal Firefighters, and the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department responded and extinguished the fire at 4:35 a.m. on Friday morning.

The Navy is investigating the cause of the fire and determining the extent of the damage.

The two Iwo Jima Sailors reported minor injuries, heat exhaustion and smoke inhalation, and were treated at the scene and released.

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Iwo Jima was completing a maintenance availability and did not have any weapons or ammunitions aboard.

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© 2019 The Florida Times-Union