The Navy on Monday said that fire aboard a nuclear submarine docked in Maine was started by a civilian worker, because he wanted to get off work early.
Casey James Fury, a painter and sandblaster working aboard the vessel, was charged with setting a fire on the USS Miami that caused approximately $400 million in damages, WCVB-5 in Boston reported. Seven firefighters and crew were injured. He was also charged with a subsequent arson.
Initially, he denied setting the May 23 fire and said another worker told him to pull the fire alarm due to smoke.
Fury later admitted and told officials in a polygraph test that he started the May 23 fire and then started another minor one on June 16.
Fury, 24, said he set the June 16 fire because his “mind was racing” from a text conversation with his former girlfriend, reported the Boston Herald. He later said he set a bag of rags on fire.He said he was taking a number of medications for anxiety, depression, insomnia, and allergies, according to the newspaper.
If convicted, he could face life imprisonment.
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