National Fisherman


TARPON SPRINGS - The Anclote River turned into a lake of fire late Tuesday night after a stubborn blaze aboard a shrimp boat spread into the fuel-covered water, dashed about 50 yards to the other shore and ignited a dock.

Crews that had been battling the boat fire summoned dozens of other engines from across the region to help ensure that other boats and structures on the Sponge Docks didn't catch fire.

Fire officials didn't report any injuries, but at least one observer wasn't sure early this morning that all was safe.

"I'm going to stay up for a while because who knows what's going to happen," said Bill Gresko, 53, a sponge diver who watched the fire develop during the night from his boat. "There are a few boats that appear to be threatened."

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