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Couple Miraculously Survives California Wildfire in Neighbor's Pool

13 Octobre 2017

Jan said that she started to panic, but she and John soon remembered that one of their neighbors had an outdoor pool.

"I looked out the window", Jan said, "and all I saw was a red glow".

The LA Times has this extraordinary story from Sonoma County, Northern California, where devastating wildfires have torn through wine country, killing 31 people and leaving more than 3,500 homes and businesses destroyed.

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.

"I just kept going under, " Jan said.

At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, they were able to tell their daughters they made it through alive.

The couple had gone to bed around 10 p.m. on Sunday, even though their daughter had called to say that her father-in-law's house 40 miles away from where they lived had burned down, according to Today.

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Giraudo and her sister Mia, 32, told the Los Angeles Times that she was anxious her parents were dead after not hearing from them.

The fires continued well into Tuesday and Brown said that the flames grew so rapidly that residents had little time to leave their homes and flee to temporary shelters. "We were in survival mode".

The Pascoes had a thought: They could survive if they waited out the fire in their neighbor's pool. "We are going to get into the neighbor's pool, should we do this?'" Jan recalled asking a 911 dispatcher. Their whole neighborhood, trees, houses, cars, and everything, had become "engulfed in flames", the told The LA Times.

Fire consumes a barn as an out of control wildfire moves through the area on October 9, 2017 in Glen Ellen, California.

The couple faced the odd prospect of needing to keep warm in the cold water as the fire burned around them, so they hugged each other for heat. She urged her parents to evacuate. "The first thing mom said to me was 'I feel so bad I wasn't able to get ahold of you.' 'You're apologizing to me?"

Desperate in the face of an encroaching wall of flame, the Pascoes went to their neighbour's pool.

"We held hands", John Pascoe told the LA Times, "and walked out".

Couple Miraculously Survives California Wildfire in Neighbor's Pool