PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The man who admitted setting fire to the USS Miami nuclear submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was given a sentence today of 17-years and one month.
Casey Fury set the fire in May of last year that caused an estimated 450-million dollars worth of damage. He admitted he set the fire so he could get out of work early.
It took fire crews 12-hours to douse the flames. When the smoke cleared the blaze had caused more than 450-million dollars worth of damage. Besides the huge financial loss, the fire took a human toll as well. Five first responders were injured.
"There were physical and emotional injuries to the first responders who risked their lives by going into what had to be the equivalent of a roaring blast furnace", said U.S. Attorney for Maine Thomas Delahantey.
In handing down his sentence the judge weighed the tremendous dollar amount associated with the damage caused by the fire and the risk to lives, with the fact that Casey Fury had never been in trouble before and suffers from mental illness.