Afire that ravaged the USS Bonhomme Richard last month in San Diego may have been the work of an arsonist, a Navy official told Just the News. A sailor is under investigation for the fire that broke out July 12 aboard the amphibious assault ship, ABC 10News first reported on Wednesday.
H/T: Just The News
More from the ABC 10News report:
Multiple sources with close ties to Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) told ABC 10News that investigators determined the July 12 fire may have been set intentionally. Investigators identified a sailor as an arson suspect in their probe, sources said.
The sources added multiple search warrants were executed at the sailor’s home and property. The sailor’s name and rank were not disclosed.
On Tuesday, a Navy spokesperson told ABC 10News that NCIS requested help from the National Response Team for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) because the agency provides resources and expertise on complex, large-scale incidents like the massive ship fire.
Sailor under investigation possibly linked to fire onboard USS Bonnhomme Richard. https://t.co/hLn4glP2B3— Doc #VetsResist #DisasterAssistTeam (@Dobieblue) August 26, 2020
Arson Suspected as Cause of USS Bonhomme Richard Fire, Defense Official Says https://t.co/Kbwl7SnErz— Hope Hodge Seck (@HopeSeck) August 27, 2020
Navy investigation into USS Bonhomme Richard fire now has an arson suspect: reporthttps://t.co/QacQpvAjX7— The War Zone (@thewarzonewire) August 27, 2020
#BREAKING: The USS Bonhomme Richard is on fire at Naval Base San Diego. At least 1 person treated for smoke inhalation after the fire broke out on the ship around 9AM, as it was undergoing routine maintenance with around 200 sailors on board.— Preston Phillips (@PrestonTVNews) July 12, 2020
DETAILS: https://t.co/iOlzhbRMnj pic.twitter.com/lYYbsBQzRK
DEVELOPING: Eleven sailors transported to hospital with minor injuries after explosion on San Diego naval ship.— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2020
Fire broke out aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard around 9 a.m. local time, officials said. https://t.co/4PJxuHWjkF pic.twitter.com/52X00QvLqz
Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard still on fire this morning. Hard to imagine her ever sailing again.— Andy Netherwood (@AndyNetherwood) July 13, 2020