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Submarine At Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Catches Fire

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The USS Miami was severely damaged by a fire that broke out on May 23, 2012 in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

The USS Miami was severely damaged by a fire that broke out on May 23, 2012 in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

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KITTERY, Maine (CBS/AP) — Fire crews responded to a blaze on the USS Miami SSN 755 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Wednesday night. The shipyard is located on an island in the small town of Kittery near Portsmouth, N.H.

Four people have been injured. One person was treated and released at the scene. Three others were treated and released at a local medical facility.

Shipyard public affairs specialist Gary Hildreth says the fire is located in the forward compartment of the sub. The shipyard says the sub’s reactor wasn’t operating at the time of Wednesday evening’s fire and wasn’t affected.

There are no weapons on the ship.

Nonessential personnel have been removed from the sub. Black smoke has been billowing overhead, visible from surrounding areas.

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

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