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Sub Fire Blamed On Vacuum Cleaner

June 13 2012


The U.S. Navy says a fire aboard a nuclear submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard last month was caused by a vacuum cleaner, reports the Portsmouth Patch.

The May 23 fire onboard USS Miami (SSN-755) injured seven people and caused $400 million in damage, reported a statement from the service.

An unidentified heat source ignited debris in the vacuum after it was shut off and stored, said Navy officials.

The forward compartment of the submarine was affected, including...

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