I was on the Saratoga, FDR, and Lake Champlain. The Lake Champlain was the one that got on fire.
We were in port at Marsielle, France and apparently someone vented the av-gas system in port, which is an ABSOLUTE no-no. An oil slick formed around the aft of the ship and all it took was for someone to pitch a cigarette butt overboard. We lost five sailors and two French civilians who were on a barge alongside.
When a Bos'n's mate got on the squawk box and yelled, "General quarters, this is no drill!" we knew he meant it. About a quarter of the ship burnt before it was over. Fortunately the fire never got to the flight deck where there were rows of fueled up airplanes.
The Randolph was due to relieve us within a couple of weeks, so the Randolph arrived early and we limped home.