109-year-old Rockford woman survives house fire

(WREX/NBC News) - At 109-years-old, Rockford, Illinois resident Stella Lennox has lived through two world wars, the Great Depression and the Titanic sinking.

Her more than a century on earth nearly came to an end two weeks ago when a fire broke out inside her home.

"I have a formula for living. You trust in the Lord, you give yourself a kick in the pants and get going," Lennox says.

That formula likely kept Stella Lennox alive on Monday, March 6.

"It was the middle of the night, and my granddaughter was pulling me out of bed and I couldn't understand what in the world she was doing," Lennox recalls.

It was 4 a.m. and an electric blanket had caught fire.

"When I got to the door I turned back and there was this flame going up to the ceiling," she says.