Fire reported on nuke-powered sub at Maine yard

    8:56 PM, May 23, 2012   |    comments
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     KITTERY, Maine (AP) - A fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at a Maine shipyard has injured four people.

    Fire crews responded Wednesday to the USS Miami SSN 755 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, located on an island in the small town of Kittery near Portsmouth, N.H.

    The shipyard says four injured people have been treated and released. The Portsmouth Herald newspaper says firefighters were injured.

    Shipyard public affairs specialist Gary Hildreth says the fire started in the forward compartment of the sub. The shipyard says the sub's reactor wasn't operating at the time and was unaffected. The cause of the fire hasn't been identified.

    Nonessential personnel were removed from the sub. Black smoke billowed overhead.

    The USS Miami arrived at the shipyard for maintenance and upgrade work in March. Its home station is Groton, Conn., where the U.S. Navy has a base.

    (Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

    5/23/2012 8:48:51 PM (GMT -5:00)


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