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Fire damages Stamas Yacht

A two-alarm fire Tuesday night caused about $100,000 worth of damage at Stamas Yacht Inc., a 50-year-old business that builds pleasure boats.

The fire broke out shortly before 10:30 at the business at 300 Pampas Ave., about a half-mile south of the Sponge Docks. The business has several buildings, but the fire was confined to the woodworking building, said Kevin Bowman, a deputy chief with the Tarpon Springs Fire Department.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, Bowman said. Firefighters from both Tarpon Springs fire stations were called to extinguish the blaze, and they had it under control before midnight.

General manager Jim Williams said, "We're very fortunate. We'll be in here working tomorrow."

Stamas Yacht was established in 1950 by brothers Peter G. and Nicholas G. Stamas. It is still owned by the family. The company designs and builds recreational power boats.