From the pages of the Crescent City American, November 1931.
Fire of undetermined origin, but believed to have originated in the kitchen of the Silver Grill, caused an estimated loss of around $35,000 and threatened the entire business district early Sunday morning when it completely destroyed the Silver Grill, James Berri’s cigar store, M.E. Morris furniture, and Hobbs, Wall furniture store.
The fire also did great damage to the Bay Annex hotel and the chamber of commerce rooms, Howell’s barber shop, Watkins Shoe Shop, and the Public Utilities office, all of which are located in the Bay Annex building.
The fire was discovered early Sunday morning by James Berri, who conducted a cigar shop next to the Silver Grill, and had sleeping quarters at the rear of his establishment. Mr. Berri stated that when he awoke, the smoke was so bad that he did not even have time to collect his clothing, but barely escaped with his life. He immediately turned in the alarm and the firemen responded, but by that time the Silver Grill and Mr. Berri’s place were a seething mass of flames which were spreading rapidly to adjoining buildings.