--The ship's CO was looked upon as a nasty, over-the-top hardcase* when they forbad any newspapers from coming on the ship. The poor yardworkers* couldn't read the sports section or do crosswords during their lunch breaks.
--Trash was required to be picked up constantly. No rest for the duty section.
--Firewatches (usually ship's company) were required to be present on both sides of a bulkhead when any hotwork was performed. No exceptions, and that means some work had to be delayed until the firewatch was found.
--Command Duty Officer was held responsible on weekends when minimal crew was around and no yard work was being done. CDO was expected to keep a close eye on things.
--and on and on...
And our engineering fire suppression systems were disabled during new eqpt installations and major repairs.
I submit another alternative to Bill's list:
Plain ol' sabotage performed by a butthead* moron - along the lines of USS Miami and USS Ranger, among others. Perhaps some clown* had a girlfriend/boyfriend in San Diego and they didn't want to leave the yards?
*Some gentler words substituted to keep it G-rated. Sailors might not have used the exact words I wrote.
So many programs are in place to prevent shipyard accidents and yet, one or more were defeated or ignored, resulting in a fire. A huge fire that has probably kept a LOT of people awake at night since.