Fire destroys shrimp boat at Tarpon Springs docks

A three-alarm fire destroyed a shrimp boat on the Tarpon Springs Shrimp Docks on Tuesday night while thousands of gallons of diesel fuel from the craft spilled into the Anclote River, officials said.

The fire started about 7:40 p.m. on the 85-foot Skye Marie, officials said. The blaze was extinguished about five hours later, but firefighters were still dealing hot spots this morning.

There were no reported injuries, and the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

“All I could say, it had to be an act of God,” said Billy Harris, a longtime shrimper in the area who owns the boat with his wife, Sue.

Billy Harris and his family were at the docks, at 1000 Roosevelt Blvd., along with a number of people as they watched firefighters battle the blaze.


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