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Navy Ship Explosion

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ One person remains in critical condition after
an explosion on board a Navy cruiser yesterday in San Diego.

The ship was undergoing routine maintenance work in a shipyard
dry dock.

The worker is one of six who were injured in the blast. A
hospital official describes his burns as potentially fatal.

Another worker is in fair condition, and two are in good
condition. The other two injured workers were treated at the scene
of the explosion and released.

A fire department spokesman says subcontractors were working in
the fuel tank of the USS Lake Champlain when the explosion
happened. Officials say flammable gas apparently ignited, but they
don't know how or why.


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