US nuclear submarine fire probably caused by a vacuum cleaner

June 7th, 2012 - 7:53 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, June 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The fire that on May 23 resulted in more than $400 million in damages (plus an additional 10% for secondary effects including disruption to other planned work) to a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine has been linked to a vacuum cleaner, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, the US Navy spokespeople stated that the fire in the submarine’s forward compartment. Seven fire-fighters were injured while attempting to tackle the blaze, which finally extinguished 12 hours after it started at the submarine, which is docked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

The nuclear propulsion plant has been shut for over two months and therefore was not operating at the time of the fire. No weaponry was on board the submarine.

It seems that a vacuum cleaner, which was used to clean work sites at end of the working shift had been stored in an unoccupied space. The findings of the investigation are still being verified and evaluated by navy officers.

The shipyard’s employees have returned to work last week and have already started cleaning up and assessing the damage generated by the fire.

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