A father is remembering his daughter after she was killed in a mobile home fire.
One thing about Hollie Amerine: she was not a procrastinator, especially when it came to making out her Christmas list.
"She starts in January...I want this for Christmas. I want that for Christmas. There was so much stuff on that list," Perry Harris recalls about his 11-year-old daughter's wish list.
The thing she wanted most: a bike. She did get that bike but that burned up when the mobile home she was living in caught fire Wednesday night. It was that same fire that took Hollie's life.
"It feels like somebody just ripped my heart out," Harris said as he described learning about her death while he was at work. "Of course, any time you hear that it's disbelief. You've got to go see. Naturally, I went to the home and well, y'all seen it, it's nothing there. At that point, I was just…I couldn't even stand up."
Harris saw his daughter mainly on weekends. The majority of the time, she lived with her mom, her half brother and sister and her mom's boyfriend, who owned the trailer. All four of them got out alive Wednesday.
Police and fire officials are still investigating what caused the blaze. Harris says he's not trying not to think about that. He hasn't really had time to think about anything since he learned of Hollie's death.
But when he does, it's her helpful ways, her love of art and her spunky attitude that capture his thoughts most.
"She's the world, always smiling, always into everything," Harris reflects. "It's crazy for something like this to happen to a child that hasn't even started her life yet."
There has been an account set up to help Hollie's family pay for funeral arrangements. You can donate at any America's First Credit Union. The fund is under Hollie's dad's name: Perry W. Harris. The account number is: 6205040
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