Crews battle fire on USS Gunston Hall for hours

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Sailors and Portsmouth firefighters battled flames on the USS Gunston Hall for more than three hours Tuesday.

The fire started in an unmanned storeroom below the ship’s main deck and was noticed around 2 p.m., according to Lt. Michael A. Hatfield with Expeditionary Strike Group 2.

The ship’s in-port emergency fire team started to fight the fire immediately, and then the Portsmouth Fire Department was called in. Hatfield said the fire was put out just before 5:30 p.m.

“The Navy is grateful for the prompt and professional response of the Portsmouth Fire and Rescue Department,” Hatfield said.

There were no injuries, except one Navy firefighter who was treated for minor smoke inhalation and then returned to duty.

Hatfield said they are still investigating the cause of the fire.

At the time of the fire, the amphibious dock landing ship was at NASSCO/Earl Industries shipyard, undergoing maintenance.

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