Worker Sets Fire to Navy Submarine
Casey James Fury finally admitted to setting fires to the Navy submarine, the USS Miami, so that he could get out of work. The 24-year old claims extreme anxiety and medications for the decision that lead to setting the fires.
This case of arson that caused approximately $400 million worth of damage to the attack submarine, took place while The Miami was docked at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The civilian worker was involved in painting and sandblasting on the submarine. Fury claimed to have been under extreme anxiety on May 23 and wanted to leave work early, so he set a fire in order to do so. Later on June 16, Fury set another fire outside the submarine for the same reason, although this second fire did not result in as much damage as the first had.
According to reports, the initial fire was set using rags that Fury lit with his lighter and placed on the top bunk in a bunk room. Both the command room and the torpedo room were severely damaged, thus causing the bulk of the expense for repairs. The initial fire took over 12 hours to extinguish. The second fire was started when Fury lit alcohol wipes on fire outside the submarine.
Fury explained that the second fire was the result of anxiety brought on by a conversation with his ex-girlfriend about a man that she was seeing. Fury initially failed a lie detector test about the fire in May, prompting him to admit to starting the fires. Later, he admitted that he lied because he was scared and because he didn’t have a clear recollection of the details due to the extreme anxiety and medications that he was on.
Fury was taking three different medications for anxiety, sleep and depression as well as an allergy medication. On June 21, Fury voluntarily went into a mental health center, but checked himself back out in two days.
Fury is now facing two arson charges (one in regards to each of the separate incidents) that could result in fines of up to $250,000, orders to pay restitution, and possibly a conviction resulting in life in prison. David Beneman, public defender for Fury, did not release any comments.
Although it is unclear as to what the outcome of this case will be, it is obvious that extreme anxiety in combination with medications are what Fury blames for his actions. There was a court appearance held on Monday afternoon and further court findings are highly anticipated in this case.