Moving Fire Overwhelms Napa Home, Kills World War II Veteran and Wife

Moving Fire Overwhelms Napa Home, Kills World War II Veteran and Wife

One of the couple's sons, Mike Rippey, said his father, who turned 100 in July, met the woman who would be his wife when they were children living in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.

Gibney says her grandparent's home "was quickly ravaged by the fire, and they were unable to get out in time and tragically died in the fire". Then the roof started caving in. "So it was very fast, very fast".

He told NBC Bay Area that even though his father used a walker, he nearly made it through the smoke and heat to be by Sara's side in their final moments.

"And you just have to look at that and just, you know, be happy that that's what happened and they died together and they never wanted to leave each other", he said.

"Because of the high winds. all the firefighters, I talked to a bunch of them, were trying to save lives".

"The only thing worse would have been if one survived without the other", their granddaughter said.

Charles served in World War II, rising to the rank of captain with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. After the war, he was an executive with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company until 1978, when he went to work for Norris Industries located in Brea, California.

"So they went together, and that's the way it worked", he told The Associated Press.

The pair had been together for 89 years since they met in grade school in Wisconsin, CNN reported. Sara, an avid bridge player, took care of the family and a succession of handsome homes. That's where he found their bodies.

He "certainly wouldn't have left her", he told the AP.

Napa County Sheriff John Robertson confirmed the couple's death on Tuesday.

Chuck Rippey said there are no plans to rebuild the couple's home.

"If they had gotten out, in their elderly state, somehow, they would have gotten grilled out here", Chuck Rippey said. "It's gone. They're gone".

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