The Haunted Firehouse Museum in Key West

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The Key West Firehouse is one of the most visited buildings in the city. Located at the corner of Virginia and Grinnell Street, it was built in 1907 and named Fire Station No. 3. It is one of the oldest fire stations in Florida. About 12 firemen and over 200 volunteers worked there when it was first established. The firemen used horse-drawn steamers and hose carriages to prevent fires in the area.


Why is the Key West Firehouse Haunted?


In 1998, there were rumors that the building was to be demolished. A retired firefighter stepped in and decided he wanted to make a change to the demolition and keep the building in the city. It was a historic building that many residents cherished. There was a huge campaign to turn the building into a museum, and with a lot of funding, it worked. There are many items in the museum’s displays, and they attract thousands of visitors each year. The historic memorabilia isn’t the only thing that attracts tourists and visitors. There are rumors that this building is incredibly haunted, and this is yet another reason that people come to see it.

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The Ghosts of The Firehouse Museum


Disembodied voices, unexplained sounds, a cold chill, and the feeling of a hand on their shoulder are some of the many experiences that visitors and some of the new owners of the Fire House Museum have encountered. They know there is a ghost or two in this building, and they even had some paranormal investigators check it.

When the paranormal teams came to investigate, they found a lot of crazy happenings in the building. The first team of investigators took many videos and recordings of their findings. One of the first teams that did a full investigation here is from Miami. They were incredibly shocked when they got the photographs back. A very small girl was in one of the pictures of the firehouse. The little girl was African-American and dressed in the late 1800s or early 1900s clothing. This ghost isn’t the only thing that has been odd here.


Orbs and Spirits in the Firehouse Museum


When the Firehouse Museum opened up to the public, visitors worldwide were curious about some things they had seen in the building. One visitor, who used the restroom, said he saw a man in there with him. When he entered the restroom, he checked his eyes in the mirror. He thought he had some dust in his contact lens. When he looked in the mirror, a man was standing very close behind him.


The visitor said, “Can I help you?” The man told him that he was Frank and needed the mirror. The visitor did his business, but Frank was gone when he came out of the stall. He admits that he felt this weird sense of anxiety in his stomach when he didn’t see the figure there anymore. He asked his tour group if they had seen a man that fit the description, and the group members had not. The tour guide, however, said, “That’s Frank saying hello!” The visitor was terrified after that; he knew he had seen a ghost.


Members of other tour groups say that they have also seen different specters in this building. In some of their pictures of their tour, they have seen orbs flying around in the pictures. One of the younger guests said she made a Snapchat video for a firefighter friend, and he texted her asking her what the flying lights in the video were! She had sent him real-time footage of the orbs flying around the room! Other guests have seen the Bahamian girl walking around the building; some say she even spoke to them.


Haunted Key West


The story of the little girl is one of many that visitors shared about their first time visiting the Firehouse Museum. Could the little girl have been trying to get the little girl to play a game with her? Why did she disappear? Was there something that she was afraid of? We may never know the answers to these questions, but we do know that this playful spirit still roams the halls of the Key West Firehouse Museum.

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