Navy investigators have determined that a
civilian laborer set a fire that caused $400 million in damage
to a nuclear-powered submarine because he wanted to get out of
Casey James Fury of
Portsmouth, N.H., faces up to life in prison if convicted of two
counts of arson in the fire aboard the USS Miami attack
submarine while it was in dry dock May 23 and a second blaze
outside the sub on June 16.
The Miami was in dry dock at Portsmouth
Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for an overhaul when the fire
damaged the torpedo room and command area inside the forward
compartment. It took more than 12 hours to extinguish.
Fury told investigators that he started the
fires because he was having extreme anxiety and was trying to
get out of work, according to the federal documents.