Navy seeks cause of fire in ship at Bath Iron Works

Posted May 26, 2011, at 7:45 a.m.
Last modified May 26, 2011, at 9:20 a.m.

BATH, Maine — The U.S. Navy is trying to determine the cause of a fire in a ship docked at Maine’s Bath Iron Works.

No one was hurt in last Friday’s fire during routine tests of the gas turbine engine of the destroyer U.S.S. Spruance.

Navy spokesman Chris Johnson says the fire was extinguished within minutes.

Johnson says it’s going to take some time to determine what needs to be fixed and the cost.

The Spruance was christened in Bath last year. It was delivered to the Navy in April and it has already undergone sea trials. The ship has been docked in Bath for what’s known as post-delivery work.

The Portland Press Herald says the $1 billion ship had been scheduled to leave Bath in September

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