|Arson suspect charged with setting fire aboard U.S.S Miami|
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says arson looks like an isolated incident
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that a suspect, Casey James Fury, has been charged with arson after admitting to setting a fire aboard the U.S.S. Miami at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on May 23.
"Looking at the circumstances, I think it's safe to say that this was an isolated incident of one individual. This is not a reflection on the incredible character and commitment of the workers of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard," said Pingree. "These incidents have really shaken the shipyard, so I hope this gives some closure as the workers fully focus on repairing the U.S.S. Miami. I hope we can find justice to punish actions that needlessly put lives at stake and would have led to an even more serious disaster and loss of life if not for the courageous, quick reaction of those at the shipyard."
Fury, 24, has been charged with setting two fires: oneaboard the U.S.S. Miami on May 23, which caused an estimated $400 million in damage to the ship; the second on June 16 was started in the dry-dock cradles where the Miami rests, but was quickly extinguished.
Fury, from New Hampshire, is a civilian employee working aboard the Miami as a painter and sandblaster. If convicted for either fire, he faces life in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and restitution.