By Matt Stout
An anxiety-ridden civilian itching to “get out of work” at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard ignited the blaze that caused more than $400 million in damage to a nuclear sub and injured several firefighters two months ago, according to authorities.
Casey James Fury, 24, of Portsmouth is due in Maine federal court today to face to two counts of arson, stemming from the May 23 blaze on the USS Miami sub and a second, smaller fire authorities said he set weeks later at the shipyard on June 16 as his “mind was racing” from a text conversation with his ex-girlfriend, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
The multimillion-dollar blaze aboard the USS Miami drew an army of firefighters, who battled the fire for 12 hours, authorities said. Seven jakes suffered minor injuries. Officials later said the fire started in a stateroom, where Fury — after failing a lie-detector test — admitted to using a Bic lighter to set ablaze a bag of rags and a vacuum cleaner, according to the affidavi