Halloween Night Fire
The Halloween Night Fire, which actually occurred in the early morning hours of November 1, 1905, was a conflagration that destroyed the structures on the west side of Palafox Street between Garden and Romana Streets (what would later be dubbed the Brent Block). Damages were estimated at $250,000.
The fire is thought to have originated from the Osceola Club.
One of the buildings destroyed in the blaze was the Blount-Watson Building, owned by W. A. Blount, whose law firm Blount & Blount was housed on the second floor. Blount built the seven-story Blount Building — hailed as fire-proof at the time — on the same site between 1906-1907.
I have old restored dental chair that came from dentist Dr. Tiller's office, that was located in the Blont-Watson Building. The chair can be seen in Gulf Breeze. If interested phone George Giddens at (254)235-5575.