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Woman Survives WWII Bombing, Car Accident, House Fire

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She survived World War II, and Saturday the 87-year-old showed FOX40 proof that she narrowly escaped a fire.

“I tried to turn on the lamp … and somehow it started burning,” said Rita Saugutis.

That’s all Rita wanted to do, turn on a lamp to read a book at her home on Silverthorne Circle. Next thing she saw was flames.

“I tried to get [the] extinguisher, but I didn’t know how to use it,” Rita said.

The flames got so close that it singed her hair.

“My hair burned but I didn’t feel anything.”

This isn’t the first time Rita has had a near death experience. She tells the story of how she lived through World War II.

“When I was 19-years-old and I lived in Germany, American bombs hit my head.”

Injuring her head then, and years later she was in a car accident.

“I have cuts right here.”

Rita said even though her North Highlands home caught fire, she’s thankful her dog Case made it out alive.

“I’m doing fine. I’m 87-years-old.”

And that means Rita has a lot more living to do.

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