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COMMERCE (CBSDFW.COM) – A mother in Hunt County is dealing with the loss of her 4-year-old daughter, who died in a mobile home fire in the city of Commerce shortly after 6:00 p.m. on Monday. “To lose your child,” started Taryn Olive. “It’s beyond words.”

Olive is now holding on the best that she can after her little girl, Annette Reyes, died when their mobile home went up in flames. “She was a happy child. She was trusting,” recalled Olive. “She brought joy to anyone who could even spend just a couple seconds with her.”

Olive was in the kitchen preparing dinner when her son, Angel Reyes, came screaming in from the bedroom. “I see the flame on my bed,” Angel remembered. “It was trying to burn my favorite doggie that is a stuffed animal.”

The fire moved quickly, melting and destroying everything in its path. Angel knew that his little sister was in a bedroom. “My sister was trapped in there,” the 8-year-old said. “I tried to get her, but I couldn’t get her because it was too much smoke.”

Angel and his mom escaped from the mobile home and yelled for help. Neighbors tried to fight the flames and get Annette, but the fire was too intense. Rescue crews arrived a few minutes later and retrieved Annette, but she later died at the hospital. (Read more about the Commerce mobile home fire.)

The grieving mom now has a message for all parents. “For anybody out there, please, tell your kids you love them, every day,” Olive said, fighting back tears. “I don’t care how old they are, tell them you love them every day. You don’t know when your last time will be to tell them you love them.”

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