A civilian employee at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery has admitted to starting two fires on the USS Miami submarine docked there, causing more than $400 million in damages.
Casey James Fury of Portsmouth said he suffers from anxiety and depression, and that he started the fires in order to get out of work, according to the Portland Press Herald. He appeared in federal court yesterday on two arson charges for fires he allegedly set on May 23 and June 16. The May fire burned for hours and caused $400 million in damages and injured seven people, while the June fire was quickly extinguished. Fury faces life in prison.
Fury was a painter and sandblaster at the Kittery facility and was one of a number of people interviewed by investigators. He admitted to starting the June fire last week so he could leave work early, after he discovered his ex-girlfriend was seeing someone. He initially denied setting the May fire, but admitted to it after failing a lie detector test.