BAGHDAD, Oct. 10, 2006 – An ammunition holding area caught fire today at a Multinational Division Baghdad forward operating base in the central Rasheed district of Baghdad, igniting tank and artillery ordnance as well as small-arms ammunition, military officials here reported. Emergency first responders contained the fire within the base, officials said, adding that all coalition forces and workers at the base were safely evacuated.
No injuries have been reported.
The Baghdad Joint Coordination Center alerted Iraqi authorities, who notified Iraqi citizens in the area of the fire and subsequent detonations.
The damage to the area will not degrade the division's operational capability, officials said.