Brazilian aircraft carrier catches fire; 1 deadFebruary 23rd, 2012 - 12:30 pm ICT by IANS
Rio de Janeiro, Feb 23 (IANS/EFE) One sailor died and two suffered burns in a fire Wednesday aboard the aircraft carrier Sao Paulo, the only warship of its type in Brazil’s navy, officials said.
The fire was of “small proportions” and broke out at 3 a.m. in one of the sailors’ sleeping rooms in the vessel’s stern, the navy said.
The blaze surprised the sailors who were sleeping nearby. The vessel was anchored at the Navy Arsenal at Ilha de Cobras, a base in central Rio de Janeiro on Guanabara Bay.
“Two of the sailors did not manage to get out of the room in the initial moments of the fire and were only removed from the room later. Unfortunately, one of them died about 5 a.m.,” the navy said.
The other sailor was taken to the Marcilio Dias Naval Hospital in Rio de Janeiro, where doctors pronounced him in stable condition.
A third sailor suffered slight injuries on his feet and was treated at the Arsenal naval base hospital and released.
The Sao Paulo has room to carry 1,300 crewmembers.
- Hospital fire kills patient in Brazil - Jul 05, 2012
- Eight gunned down in Brazilian city - Jul 13, 2012
- Brazilian masterminds art thefts from behind bars - Jul 17, 2012
- Soccer player dies during match in Brazil - Jul 09, 2012
- Derailed streetcar leaves five dead in Rio de Janeiro - Aug 29, 2011
- Brazil actor seriously injured - Apr 08, 2012
- Heavy rains leave 250 dead in Brazil - Jan 13, 2011
- Brazil importing Spanish defence technology - Aug 24, 2012
- Brazilian soccer coach suffers brain hemorrhage - Aug 30, 2011
- Brazilian cadet dies in ejection from plane - Jun 06, 2012
- Seven hurt in soccer-related violence in Brazil - Mar 27, 2012
- Fabiano enters Sao Paulo's injury list - Jan 30, 2012
- Mob kills murder suspect in Brazil - May 16, 2012
- Five cities hold 25 percent of Brazil's national wealth - Dec 15, 2011
- Four killed in Brazil plane crash - Oct 03, 2011
Tags: aircraft carrier, arsenal, blaze, brazil, burns, doctors, efe, guanabara bay, marcilio dias, naval hospital, navy officials, proportions, rio de janeiro, sailors, sao paulo, sleeping rooms, stable condition, stern, warship