Front Street fire victim rebuilds his life after losing everything

It's been a month since the Georgetown Front Street fire destroyed everything John Walters worked so hard for; his house, paintings, and his best friend Jake were all gone in a blink of an eye.

"It tugs on your heart strings. I had coffee this morning and you can't help but stand up and bring your coffee outside and just stare at it," said Walters.

John now lives three blocks from his old home that burned down. He visits on a daily basis and looks through the debris to see if there's anything he can salvage.

"It's emotional issues that go on so you have to deal with that, while you're trying to rebuild, and you have to rebuild right away," Walters said.

Now starting from scratch, John has a new home and studio with a view of the city and an address still reading Front Street.

"I felt an obligation to my city being Georgetown where I live, that I wouldn't be much of a man if I left the city at a moment when she needed me and others like me to help rebuild," stated Walters.

With the communities support and art donations, he's able to get back to doing what he loves; telling his stories through art.

John says some days are harder than others, but the days he thinks about Jake, his dog, are toughest to get through.

"It's ok, I've been hurt a little but I've seen people find the beauty in themselves in expressing love and kindness, so I think it's a good thing," said Walters.

John hopes the fire will bring positive energy and more people to the town he calls a hidden gem.

He contacted us shortly after we left Wednesday saying he just opened up his first can of paint.