Arson suspected as cause of USS Bonhomme Richard fire; Sailor being questioned as potential suspect

Posted at 8:56 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 20:58:53-04

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A senior defense official says arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard and a U.S. Navy Sailor is being questioned as a potential suspect.

The official, with knowledge of the investigation, spoke Wednesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to provide details not yet made public.

The amphibious assault ship burned for more than four days.