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Fire cripples US nuclear submarine

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A fire has swept through a nuclear-powered submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine.

The USS Miami, a 22-year old Los Angeles-class attack sub arrived in March for a refit and upgrade.

Residents reported a huge black cloud billowing over the city from the shipyard, with firefighters being called in from as far away as Boston’s Logan International airport.

“The fire was located in the forward part of the ship. The ship’s reactor was not operating at the time and is in the other end of the ship and therefore not affected. No weapons are on board the ship. All personnel have been accounted for,” said Portsmouth Naval Shipyard’s Captain Bryant Fuller.

Six people were injured tackling the blaze, which took some 12 hours to extinguish. Workers at the shipyard have been told to report for work today as normal. For the moment the cause of the fire is unknown.