Navy: $400M Maine sub fire began in vacuum cleaner.

The Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755),…

The Los Angeles class attack submarine USS Miami (SSN 755), homeported in Groton, Conn., sits moored to a pier as Sailors prepare to participate in Fleet Week. The Fleet Week celebration is an annual tradition thanking our nation’s sea-going personnel for their dedicated service to our country. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Kevin K. Langford. (RELEASED)

Preliminary findings from Navy investigators suggest a fire aboard a dry-docked submarine started in a vacuum cleaner used by shipyard workers, officials said Wednesday. The Navy also confirmed a preliminary estimate of $400 million for repairs.

A statement from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard said the vacuum was used by workers to clean up after each shift and was stored in an unoccupied space when the fire started.

The Navy estimated that an additional 10 percent cost — or $40 million more — would be needed to account for disruption to other planned work across all naval shipyards and for potential assistance from private sector contractors, the shipyard said.

Source: The Associated Press

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