Fire destroys Valparaiso pharmacy

2014-01-26T20:15:00Z 2014-01-28T05:46:10Z Fire destroys Valparaiso pharmacyElvia Malagon, (219) 933-3246

VALPARAISO | A fire late Saturday destroyed a Fagen Pharmacy for the second time in less than a year. 

Valparaiso Fire Chief David Nondorf said the department received the call at 11:39 p.m. and arrived within 3 minutes to the pharmacy at 3400 N. Calumet Ave.

By the time firefighters arrived, half of the roof already had burned through. 

"How it got so far without someone calling it in, it's rather hard to believe," Nondorf said Sunday.

The pharmacy was closed when the fire started, and there weren't any reported injuries. The fire did not spread or damage any other buildings.

Firefighters remained on scene putting out hot spots until 9:15 a.m. Sunday, Nondorf said. He said overnight weather conditions caused every fire truck to freeze at some point during the night.

"We kept rotating equipment and people," he said. "Eventually, we were able to put it out. The firefighters did a wonderful job." 

Fire investigators had not determined a cause or origin of the fire Sunday, but arson is not suspected. Nondorf said investigators plan to return to the scene during the next couple of days to continue the investigation. 

The pharmacy moved to the new location in July after a blaze June 25 damaged a shopping center in the 3000 block of Calumet Avenue that housed the pharmacy.

According to Fagen Pharmacy's website, the business was in the process of expanding to all three suites in the building. The business posted an update Dec. 19 that the city had approved the addition of its drive-thru. 

"Adversity is temporary. We pull off amazing things while working through difficult times. This time will be no different," the business posted on its website.

Customers with prescription medications at the Calumet Avenue location can continue to fill their medicine at any Fagen Pharmacy location, according to the website. 

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