The USS Drum, a near-70-year-old decommissioned submarine based at the Battleship Parkway in Mobile, caught fire Friday, resulting in thick smoke inside the hull of the vessel and the surrounding park.

Fire crews responded at a little after 5 p.m. and evacuated civilians before successfully extinguishing the fire, according to Mobile Fire and Rescue.

On scene crews were able to ventilate toxic smoke and gas while bringing the fire under control.

MFRD said the fire was accidental, stemming from a welding incident. The USS Drum is a museum vessel and is undergoing constant refurbishment and repair.

The USS Drum has been located at Battleship Parkway since being towed there from Norfolk, Virginia, in May 1969. The submarine, which was in active service throughout the entirety of the United States’ involvement in the Second World War, had originally been moored behind the USS Alabama at the park, but was damaged during Hurricane Georges in 1988.

As a result the submarine moved ashore. She was again damaged when Hurricane Katrina made landfall August 29, 2005.

It’s not yet clear if the USS Drum will open for tours.

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