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Fire destroys Harris Co. home, woman inside killed

Officials pronounced 70-year-old Mary Lee Holloway dead after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Officials pronounced 70-year-old Mary Lee Holloway dead after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Firefighters from three volunteer fire departments worked to put out the blaze. Firefighters from three volunteer fire departments worked to put out the blaze.
(Source: Mackenzie Zaragoza) (Source: Mackenzie Zaragoza)
(Source: Mackenzie Zaragoza) (Source: Mackenzie Zaragoza)
WAVERLY HALL, GA (WTVM) -

A Harris County community is in mourning after a fire destroyed a home with a woman inside.

Seventy-nine-year-old A.C. Holloway came home Wednesday afternoon to find smoke billowing out of his home. "The smoke was bushing out of the top.  It was bushing out.  I didn't see a fire at the time.  I just saw smoke," said Holloway.

His house off Twin Lakes Road in Waverly Hall was on fire, and his wife, Mary Lee, of more than 50 years inside.  He tried to get into the home, but it was too late.

"I went to go in, and the heat hit me in the face.  I was already about out of breath and then, my wind went out.  I came out and my daughter yelled don't go in, don't go in," said Holloway.

Officials pronounced 70-year-old Mary Lee Holloway dead after 2 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters from three volunteer fire departments worked to put out the blaze.

Family and friends filled the street near the home.  The couple's pastor, Reverend Alvin Bunch, encourages family members to trust in their faith during this difficult time. 

"Just reflect, and do not let themselves get down too much.  Just trust in the Lord to get them through this hurdle," said Bunch.

While officials are still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire, Holloway says he does not know what he will do without his kind wife. 

"She's a good mother.  Everybody she meets, women and men, they are just crazy about her.  I don't know what it is, but they are crazy about her."  

Harris County Deputy Coroner Gary Brown says it seems like the fire started in the back of the home, and Holloway appeared to be asleep on the couch in the front room.

She leaves behind four children and several grandchildren. 

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