Family: Elderly couple killed in California wildfire together since grade school

Charles and Sara Rippey

NAPA, California - A family member says an elderly couple who died in a Northern California fire was together since grade school and celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary last year.

Mike Rippey said Tuesday his 100-year-old father, Charles, and 98-year-old mother, Sara, grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and went to college in the state together.

They settled in Napa after Mike Rippey said he moved to the region about 45 years ago.

Rippey said his mother didn't move well, and his parents were unable to get out before the blaze destroyed their home. His brother found their bodies on Monday.

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