By Veronica Rodriguez | Chronicle Intern
In the early morning of July 14, 2014, a Waltmire Pharmacy employee woke up to see his workplace on fire. According to WTAE’s coverage of the event, a surveillance camera caught an individual running to and from the store several times before the smoke from the fire obstructed the view of the building from its surroundings. The building burned until everything inside was melted or reduced to ashes. For the former owner, Don Waltmire, the fire was the last push he needed to consider retirement.
However, leaving the community after a tragedy was never an option for Waltmire. The neighborhood of Spring Garden is tucked away between the hills of the Northside. Despite the restricted access to the valley, Spring Garden is a tight knit community, one which, according to his employees, Waltmire would not abandon. In the WTAE article, Waltmire said he hoped to rebuild the place.
And rebuild he did.
Check out the March issue of The Northside Chronicle for the full story.