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Shipyard firefighter recalls saving colleague’s life in USS Miami fire of last year

By Seth Koenig, BDN Staff

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard firefighter Eric Hardy told reporters Friday, March 15, 2013, about the near-death of a colleague while fighting an arsonist’s fire aboard the USS Miami, a U.S. Navy nuclear attack submarine, in May of 2012. Hardy, who testified in court Friday during the sentencing of convicted arsonist Casey James Fury, still battles injuries suffered during the submarine blaze. The fire caused more than $450 million in damage to the sub, attracted more than 100 firefighters from around New England, and injured five people. Fury will serve 205 months in prison for two counts of arson, including a second fire he set at the shipyard the following month.

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