Navy: Sub Worker Set Fire So He Could Leave Early

By CLARKE CANFIELD | July 25, 2012

Navy investigators say a civilian laborer has been charged with setting a fire that heavily damaged the vessel in May and another blaze near it in June.

In a complaint filed Monday in federal court, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service says 24-year-old Casey James Fury was charged with two counts of arson involving the USS Miami.

At Fury’s initial court appearance Monday, a judge scheduled a combined probable cause and bail hearing for Aug. 1.

The submarine sustained an estimated $400 million in damage while in dry dock for an overhaul at the Kittery shipyard.

An affidavit says Fury admitted setting the fires because he had anxiety and wanted to get out of work early.

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