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“On July 29, charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice were brought forth against a Navy Sailor in response to evidence found during the criminal investigation into the fire started on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) on July 12, 2020,” said Cmdr.Sean Robertson, a spokesperson for the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet.

“The Sailor was a member of Bonhomme Richard’s crew at the time and is accused of starting the fire,” Robertson said.

The sailor is not currently confined to the brig, Robertson told The San Diego Union-Tribune on Thursday.

A month after the fire, news broke that the service suspected arson. That same month, Navy investigators searched the home and property of a sailor based on the ship.

Earlier this month, the Union-Tribune first reported that the sailor was detained at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar brig for a short time last year. However, the sailor’s lawyer said he was released in November and he hadn’t heard from the Navy since.

The Navy did not name the sailor facing charges. It is unknown whether the sailor charged is the same one previously held in the brig.

—The San Diego Union-Tribune

Death toll hits 5 in German industrial blast as three bodies found


COLOGNE, Germany — Three bodies were found in the ruins of a garbage incinerator that blew up this week in the western German city of Leverkusen, according to prosecutors and police on Thursday.

The bodies were found as investigators began their on-site probe of the blast at the chemical plant in a Leverkusen industrial park.

This puts the official death toll at five, as two bodies were found within hours of Tuesday's blast. Two people remain missing,said prosecutors. Officials have already said there is little hope of finding any more survivors. There were 31 injured in the accident.

It took two days to get the site safe enough so that investigators could enter. However, there is little likelihood that the cause of the blast would be discovered immediately, a police spokesperson said.

Police were accompanied by the environmental authorities, company experts and criminal investigators. Drones will also be used.