Explosion at air station injures 2 Marines working on aircraft

A U. S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet, assigned to the Cowboys of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-112, Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base, departs the air to ground range at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., during exercise South Strike 2017 (SSTK2017), Oct. 26, 2016. (U. S. Air National Guard Photo)

SAN DIEGO — Authorities say a sudden burst of fire at a Marine Corps air station has injured two Marines who were performing routine aircraft maintenance.

The Marine Corps says the fire erupted after 10 p.m. Sunday at Air Station Miramar in the San Diego area.

The Marines were being treated for severe burns at the regional burn center at UC San Diego Health. Their injuries initially were attributed to an explosion, but the Marine Corps later called it a “ground flash fire.”

The Marines were from the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112, a reserve unit based in Fort Worth, Texas.

A U. S. Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet, assigned to the Cowboys of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron VMFA-112, Naval Air Station Forth Worth Joint Reserve Base, departs the air to ground range at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, Miss., during exercise South Strike 2017 (SSTK2017), Oct. 26, 2016. (U. S. Air National Guard Photo)

The fire is under investigation.

The Marine Corps did not release any other information, including the identities of the Marines or damage caused by the fire.  The F/A-18 Hornet was damaged during the explosion and its cause was not known.

Popular Military contributed to this report

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