'A fire aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer in the final stages of construction may not have seriously damaged the ship, said one source familiar with the incident, although an investigation has yet to be completed.
"In the course of routine propulsion gas turbine engine tests, a system failure occurred resulting in a fire within one of the engine uptakes, or stacks," said Chris Johnson, a spokesman for the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington. "The fire was extinguished and there were no personnel injuries."
Johnson provided no other details, other than to say an investigation has been started.
A spokesman for Bath Iron Works declined comment, deferring questions to NAVSEA.
A photo on the Colton Co. website showed flames leaping from the after portion of the Spruance's after stack. The ship, according to the website, "sustained extensive damage when the engine controls failed during a test and poured fuel into a hot engine." '