PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Navy investigators say a civilian employee working as a painter and sandblaster aboard a submarine at a Maine shipyard has been charged with setting a fire that heavily damaged the vessel in May, and a second near it in June.
In a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Maine, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service says 24-year-old Casey James Fury has been charged with two counts of arson involving the USS Miami.READ MORE: Mother Mourns Loss Of Lowell Murder Victim Dejah Jenkins-Minus: 'I'm Hurt, I'm Numb'
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The submarine has been in dry dock for an overhaul at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery.READ MORE: Brad Marchand, Linus Ullmark Carry Bruins Past Canucks 3-2
Court documents say Fury was assigned to do paint stripping in the torpedo room. He first denied involvement in the fires, then later admitted involvement.
Fury was scheduled for a court appearance Monday.
Estimates put the damage at $400 million.MORE NEWS: Celtics Beat Short-Handed Raptors For 4th Win In 6 Games
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