Arrest made in fire that caused $400 million in damage to submarine
Kittrey, Maine (March 15, 2012) The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Miami enters dry dock to begin an overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.
July 23rd, 2012
02:27 PM ET

Arrest made in fire that caused $400 million in damage to submarine

By Mike Mount, Senior National Security Producer

A civilian worker has been arrested and charged in connection with a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a U.S. Navy submarine last May, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office inMaine.

Casey James Fury, 24, was arrested by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service on suspicion of setting the massive blaze and setting a second fire around the submarine last month, according to a criminal complaint from the U.S. District Court of Maine released to the public Monday.

Fury was working inside the USS Miami on May 23 as a painter and sandblaster while the Los Angeles-class attack submarine was in dry dock at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Maine undergoing a massive overhaul.

The affidavit charges Fury with two counts of arson and says that he "willfully and maliciously set fire to and burned a vessel, namely the USS Miami, together with building materials and supplies located thereon."

A Navy news release says the second count will be specific to burned building materials and supplies in and around the USS Miami.

Fury had initially denied involvement in both fires, according to the affidavit, but later confessed. The second fire Fury allegedly started was on June 16 in an area underneath the submarine where he was working. In both cases, he told investigators that he started the fires because he was having extreme anxiety and was trying to get out of work, according to the federal documents.

Naval investigators said Fury was also taking medication for depression and anxiety.

If convicted of either charge, Fury faces life imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000 and restitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Initial investigations by the Navy found that the fire may have been started by a vacuum cleaner. But the criminal complaint said Fury admitted to setting fire to a pile of rags near a vacuum cleaner in a stateroom in the submarine.

A criminal investigation headed by NCIS began soon after the fire was reported on May 23 and is ongoing, according to the Navy. Other law enforcement agencies, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are assisting in this investigation, according to a Navy news release.

The Navy has begun planning repairs with the goal of returning the USS Miami to the fleet.

The submarine was commissioned in 1990 and carries a crew of 12 officers and 98 enlisted personnel, according to the Navy.

soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. NN

    The real damage is done and he demonstrated how easy it is to take a submarine out of commission. Next it will be an aircraft carrier.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  2. Laugh of the day

    Yeah, fine him $250,000. That from an out-of-work painter. Brilliant.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:48 am | Reply
  3. john john

    He thinks he had anxiety problems before, wait until this is done!

    July 24, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
  4. ToldUso

    Seems a little misguided- I usually just call in sick with a migraine. Works every time.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  5. Grey

    Treat this like the act of Treason that it is. This is a direct attack on US National Security, nothing less.

    July 24, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
    • Supellex

      Your mother is a direct attack on US National Security.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  6. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    First the domestic terrorist group the Tea Party shoots up district offices belonging to members of the Democratic Party following passage of the historic Affordable Care legislation, then they shot Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords and murder little Christina Green while she waved the American flag, this of course following Sarah Palin painting of Crosshairs on a map of Congresswoman Giffords district for the Tea Party. Then they blew up the oil rid in the Gulf of Mexico, then they hired a Hispanic gunman to take shots at the White House to manipulate the Hispanic vote, then they hired a Jewish newspaper publisher in Atlanta to write an article calling for the assassination of our President just to manipulate the Jewish vote. Now they're setting fires to our nuclear submarines all with the main objective of undermining our democracy and seeing to it that our President fails! Hey, who needs to worry about al Qaeda?

    July 24, 2012 at 7:02 am | Reply
    • chris

      Seems like the arsonist isn't the only person to forget to take his meds......

      July 24, 2012 at 7:07 am | Reply
    • Laugh of the day

      Ramble much?

      July 24, 2012 at 7:49 am | Reply
    • max3333444555

      wow. just, wow.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • wealthcoaches

      Shhhhh!!! They're listening! This is going right into your FBI file, you know...

      July 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • eddie Gandia

        Forty percent of americans think like this rambling idiot.

        July 31, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Hambone

      LINCOLN! YOU FORGOT THEY ALSO SHOT LINCOLN!!!

      IT'S A TRAP!

      August 8, 2013 at 7:39 am | Reply
  7. SilverHair

    Seems like this guy was not properly vetted for his employment clearance nor properly observed thereafter.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
  8. joel

    Oh wow.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:53 am | Reply
  9. Richard

    They should hang him.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:49 am | Reply
  10. Keith

    While this crime should not be forgiven it is equally criminal and aggregious that some contractor is charging the taxpayers $400,000,000 for the repairs. Jackals.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:48 am | Reply
    • lgny

      The Portsmouth Shipyard in Kittery is a Navy facility. It's not a contractor.

      July 24, 2012 at 8:11 am | Reply
  11. bear

    How can you call it treason? He didn't out a CIA agent.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:46 am | Reply
  12. cpc65

    Maybe he just wanted his sub toasted? No mayo, please.

    July 24, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
  13. ricorio

    Amazing to me the number of Americans suffering from depression and anxiety. Sign of our times?

    July 24, 2012 at 6:29 am | Reply
    • evensteven

      It's truly a national mental health crisis which needs to be addressed by the Surgeon General . . .

      July 24, 2012 at 6:44 am | Reply
  14. joeschmo

    Isn't life in prison a little harsh? I mean 400 million is chump change when it comes to defense spending.

    July 24, 2012 at 5:43 am | Reply
    • Dave Rable

      ....And a second point – Was the guy fired, or did the union stand up for him? After all, that's their job!

      July 24, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
  15. so what about attempted murder charges

    The guy got off lucky

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
    • Natch

      Alright, joeschmo, let's talk about the attempted destruction of a vessel of war. Since we're practically at war for the past 11 years, that could net him the death penalty. How about the lives he placed in danger, because people had to go in and fight that fire? As a prior Navy sailor, I can tell you that there's nothing more terrifying, on board ship, than an out of control fire, so let's add some terrorism charges on too.

      And since you feel that 400 million dollars is "chump change", we'll let YOU pay it off. You'll notice the payroll deduction next payday.

      July 24, 2012 at 6:16 am | Reply
  16. Deltafoxtrotcharlietango

    Hom0-erotic military jargon turns me on!

    July 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  17. twotwotango

    Arson? How bout treason!? He had 'anxiety' ...what a bunch of liberal non-accountability B.S. He is responsible for wasting $400 million in taxpayer money and rendering a U.S. warship unfit for duty for months, likely years. He should be tried for treason and if found guilty hung from a sub sail plane!

    July 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • RESISTANCE

      He should be tried, found guilty of high treason and sabotage against the US and shot up against a brick wall.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Reply
      • Laugh of the day

        Using your line of "I am judge, jury and executioner" thinking, why not off him and forget the trial?

        July 24, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • OffTheWorldPolitics

      Let a military commission deal with this one. Only his fellow soldiers can truly appreciate the harm he has caused.

      July 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
      • Cheese Wonton

        This was a civilian yard worker, not a military member. He will be tried in the civilian courts under normal criminal laws. It's arson, not treason.

        July 24, 2012 at 12:45 am |
      • OffTheWorldPolitics

        Military Commissions are still used to try enemy combatants. This person very well may fall into that category....

        July 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • grooveclubhouse

      He should be tried for treason in A TIME OF WAR.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • //////

        ........in a time of WHAT?

        July 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • //////

      If we were to string up everyone who blew hundreds of millions of tax-payers dollars, Congress would be virtually empty.

      July 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • Liberal Really?

      Where does this article say that he's a liberal? What the HECK does this have to do with political affiliation anyway? So you're just going to disagree with some statement he made and call it a liberal point-of-view? Really?

      You know what I see? I see a guy who deliberately set fire to a submarine. I don't see him as being liberal or conservative. I see him as being a criminal.

      Treason? If he was in the military, perhaps. But he is a civilian so I do not think the law applies. Perhaps if the submarine had been on a mission, and the perpetrator had been in the military, I can see justification for a treason charge. But this happened in dry-dock so no missions were compromised as a result.

      Having said that, he should be punished in full accordance with the law.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:03 am | Reply
      • tadpole

        I found your comment to be much too logical, well-balanced, and thoughtful for this forum.

        July 24, 2012 at 6:13 am |
      • J R Brown

        You don't have to be in the military to be charged with treason....where did you get that stupid idea?

        July 24, 2012 at 6:23 am |
  18. saeed

    ho gives a damn about 1 burning usa submarine china has over 80 heavy military submarines.

    July 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • twotwotango

      Nice incoherent statement. 1. China has inferior submarines. 2. they're growing number and advancements mean you should care MORE about this. Unless you want to live under Chinese lack of human rights? SMH

      July 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • saeed

        USA has lost against china.!

        July 23, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • twotwotango

      Ha. Not exactly Saeed. China is a one coast country. Limited geographically from beating the U.S. You may go back to your in your cave now ;)

      July 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
    • Yeah right

      If nobody cared, then I must be imagining all the replies I'm reading about.

      July 24, 2012 at 5:04 am | Reply
  19. 2012marandalaw

    Reblogged this on Marinchek-Marn and commented:
    Good...

    July 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply

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