October 20, 2017

California couple survives wildfires by waiting in a pool for 6 hours

14 October 2017, 12:00 | Silvia Roy

Jan Pascoe 65 and her husband John 70 were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property

Jan Pascoe 65 and her husband John 70 were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property

When they tried to drive away in separate trucks, they were confronted by a wall of flames blocking the main road, so they retreated to their home before running to the neighbor's property.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the couple from Santa Rose found themselves trapped Monday with nowhere to run as the fire quickly approached their neighborhood.

Shortly after midnight on Monday morning, John Pascoe, 70 and his wife Jan, 65, received a call from their older daughter telling them they needed to evacuate, reported the Los Angeles Times. "But the issue always was, how far away is it?" It's the deadliest series of wildfires in the state's history, and the largest fires remain nearly completely uncontained. "I started screaming", their daughter, Zoe Giraudo, 38, told the LA Times. "I have alerts on my phone". But after days of raging blazes left at least 23 dead, authorities said those methods will be assessed after some residents complained those warnings never got through. "When you're cremated, you can't get an ID". The Pascoes still had no idea how widespread the fires were.

"The heat was "whoa" John said.

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The Pascoes jumped into their vehicle, grabbed their cat, and attempted to make their escape.

The pair held off as long as they could, but when their neighbour's house and the trees and wooden detailing around the pool began to burn, they got into the cold and filthy water.

Their home, along with their neighbors' houses, was gone.

"Get anywhere safe", the dispatcher responded.

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They had called 911 before going in the pool and throughout the night, Jan thought someone would "come to get us". "This is where we are".

A married couple in Northern California survived the wildfires that destroying their home and neighborhood by spending six hours in a swimming pool.

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They removed most of their clothing, and submerged themselves in the freezing water, which at that point, was filled with debris. "They had grabbed T-shirts to hold over their faces to protect themselves from embers when they surfaced for air", the paper reported.

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