Quincy resident loses everything in building fire

There were four apartments apartments above that Crossing Thrift store where a man crashed his vehicle at 8th and Adams in Quincy.

They all were destroyed displacing the residents who lived in them.

Dawn Whitaker was behind the driver before he crashed into the building at 8th and Adams

"I couldn't quite figure out what was going on, so I decided to be alert of the situation," she said.

She heard the driver crash into her apartment building, then saw the explosion.

"I think it was at first panic, and then I went to thinking everything's going to be okay," Whitaker said.

One of her cats died and the other one is recovering at a local veterinary clinic.

"I've lost pretty much everything except for my life, which is most important," she said. "I was able to go to the apartment today and salvage some clothes."

She was told the building has been declared unsafe to enter, and after seeing it first-hand on Thursday, she can understand why.

"I've never seen anything like that in person before," Whitaker said. "There was insulation coming down out of the ceiling. Everything was black and charred."

Whitaker's faith is keeping her spirits high and strong.

"I don't think I would get through it without that. He is my everything, and God is good," she said. "I knew that before, and I think I know it even more now."

She said her losses are nothing compared to the driver's family.

"I don't know what was going on with the driver of the vehicle," Whitaker said. "But I just wanted to not minimize the fact that there was lie lost, and I am praying for his family and friends."

Whitaker's friends have set up a Facebook page called Donations for Dawn Whitaker.

However, Whitaker wants to emphasize that her neighbors also lost everything, and she's not sure whether there's been any kind of fund set up to help them, too.

You can find KHQA's full interview with Whitaker by clicking here.