Worker Charged with Arsons in Maine Submarine Fire


By Clarke Canfield

Portland, ME (AP) — A civilian employee set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a Navy submarine because he was suffering from anxiety and wanted to leave work early.

Casey James Fury, 24, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, faces life in prison if convicted on two counts of arson for allegedly setting fire on May 23 to the USS Miami nuclear-powered attack submarine while it was in dry dock, and setting a second fire outside the sub on June 16.

Fury was taking multiple anxiety and depression medications and told investigators he set the fires so he could get out of work, according a seven-page affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Portland on Monday.

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