Friends, Strangers Help Elderly Fire Victim

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Two days shy of turning 70, Priscilla Pruitt is starting over, against her will.

Fire destroyed her North Highlands home on Wednesday while she was out celebrating her birthday; her dogs got trapped.

"I feel bad because they had no way out,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt also lost her medicine, her photographs and her mother’s and husband’s ashes.

Now the widow who lived alone is getting comfort from family, friends and strangers.

Harinder Toor co-owns a construction company based in Modesto. They’re offering to help cover what insurance doesn’t.

"You have tears of sorrow," Toor said. "Hopefully you’ll have tears of joy."

The company is offering to cover things like clothing, medicine and temporary housing.

For Pruitt, that’s a relief and an opportunity to rebuild her life, a life she plans to keep going many, many more years.

"My mother lived until she was 92 and my boys keep saying just keep going mom, keep going mom longevity it runs in the family,” Pruitt said.

Pruitt says the fire department told her this was likely an electrical fire that started up in the attic.

While nothing will bring back her two pets Max and Patches, Pruitt says she’s hoping to get a new dog once she’s back on her feet.

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