BERWICK, Maine — While sifting through the rubble of her former home, Diane Shover was able to muster a laugh.

"In my previous life, I must've been a stinker," she said. "What's happening now, it's not good."

Shover lost her home in a March 1 four-alarm apartment fire at 10 Bell St. that claimed the life of Berwick Fire Capt. Joel Barnes, who was laid to rest on Sunday. Shover was back at the scene of the fire on Thursday to retrieve some belongings.

Shover said it was the second fire she has experienced in recent years — in August 2016, the apartment she lived in on Berwick Road in Berwick also burned.

"It's just hard," Shover said. "If it wasn't for my friends and family and the community of Berwick — I could give you a list of 'thank yous' a mile long."

While losing another home in a fire is a hardship, Shover said she realizes things could be much worse.

"No matter what I'm going through, it's nothing compared to what Joel's family and friends and loved ones are going through," Shover said. "My heart is with them. This is upsetting, and as crazy as this is, I will be OK. They will never get to hug their son again."

Now living with her sister in Madbury, New Hampshire, Shover said she's grateful for the support the community has shown those who lost their homes in the fire.

"The community, the donation coordinators, the town, the first responders, the Red Cross, my family, everybody who donated clothing and gift cards," Shover said. "It's amazing."

A number of the building's tenants were on the scene on Thursday, salvaging whatever they could from the scene. All except Shover declined to be interviewed.

Berwick Town Manager Stephen G. Eldridge said tenants met with building owner Jerry Latarte on Thursday. Eldridge said once the tenants retrieve their possessions, the building will be condemned and off limits.

He said the building will be demolished, but not until it is inspected by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a federal agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. Eldridge said the Institute inspects buildings whenever a firefighter is killed in the line of duty. The inspection will begin Monday and last through next week, Eldridge said.

"They'll be here all week," Eldridge said. "They'll look to see what improvements can be made. Otherwise, the building has been condemned and people need to stay out of it."