Hollye Dexter's entire life was turned upside down when, in the middle of the night, her Los Angeles home was destroyed in a fire caused by "some kind of an electrical mishap," she told HuffPost Live on Tuesday. But after allowing herself years to grieve, she was encouraged to channel her pain into a productive outlet, and she penned a recently published memoir titled Fire Season.
In the video above, Dexter recounts the horrific night she lost everything and the journey she's taken to rise above the trauma.
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