TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Crews in Tarpon Springs battled a fire aboard a shrimp boat that spread into the fuel-covered water to a nearby dock.
The Tampa Bay Times (http://hrld.us/10Ge9A8 ) reports firefighters were summoned about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday to the Skye Marie, which was docked near the fuel docks. Tarpon Springs is known for its sponge industry, which was established in the 1890s.
The fire burned for about three hours before it began to sink. A thick smoke enveloped the Sponge Docks as onlookers crowded in to watch and take pictures.
Boat owner Billy Harris of Port Richey told the Times he had just put $18,000 worth of fuel into the boat. He says he has no idea what started the fire.
Fire officials say no one was injured in the fire.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.