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Officials investigate fire on USS Yorktown


Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire on board the USS Yorktown early Tuesday morning.

Officials with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department say they were called in for an alarm going off after midnight on the historic ship.

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Crews found heavy smoke and fire coming from a graphic arts room in the center of the ship between the hangar and the flight deck.

Firefighters say they were able to put out the fire quickly with a fire extinguisher on board.One firefighter was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion but has since been released. Several others were treated on the scene.

Officials haven't said what caused the fire and say this is the first significant fire on the USS Yorktown in 25 years.

Patriots Point officials say no one was aboard the ship other than public safety employees.

"The fire was in a print shop and completely contained there," said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. "All the alarms worked perfectly, including sensors that indicate location."

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