The cause of the fire last week in D'Iberville still remains a mystery. A.T.F. agents tell News 25 that they are trying to piece together the cause while families piece together their lives. Looking at the smiling McQuillan family, you would never know what they recently endured. The fire at the Arbor View Apartments in D'Iberville last Tuesday destroyed their belongings, but the young family is focusing on what's important. Mike McQuillan, a victim of the fire, says, "We noticed it last night, how big the building actually was and how we took things for granted." The McQuillans lost their family cat in the fire and go back to the charred building daily, holding on to hope that he's alive, while still unsure what caused the blaze that destroyed their home. Deanna McQuillan, another fire victim, says, “You stay in the same building where 19 other homes are. Anything can happen.” Mike also says, “You never know what goes on behind those doors.”
After losing everything, the McQuillans were placed in another Arbor View property apartment while they found strength in family. Deanna also says, "This right here, knowing that we still have each other." The McQuillans are grateful to the community for their response, especially the donation service running out of Big Ridge Baptist Church. Curtis Davis, Pastor at the Bridge Community Church, says, "We've been given so much, to turn back and give away. It’s been awesome. Incredible what the community has done.” The Big Ridge Baptist Church in D’Iberville has received such an overwhelming community response, that they’ve had to close their doors to donations, while continuing to help the families who need it the most. Deanna also says, "It’s amazing how fast people started responding. Within 24 hours people were already there giving stuff." Davis also says, "I've cried with some families that have come in. They’re overwhelmed because folks are taking care of them. I think they’re still in shock that they’ve lost everything."
The McQuillans are focused on family, not only theirs, but all others affected. Deanna closes, "We're recovering pretty fast and we're hoping everybody else is too." All victims of the Arbor View fire have two days to get everything they need, from clothes to household items, at Big Ridge Baptist Church in D'Iberville. The church is no longer taking donations. Arbor View residents can pick up items from 2 to 7 p.m. tonight, tomorrow, and Wednesday.