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California couple hid in pool as deadly wildfires swallowed everything around them

California couple hid in pool as deadly wildfires swallowed everything around them”

With parts of California having been enveloped by wildfires this week, residents Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband, John, 70, found themselves in the midst of one of the most unsafe parts. "I started screaming", their daughter, Zoe Giraudo, 38, told the LA Times.

At least 31 people have been killed in the wildfires that have been burning across Northern California since Sunday, making it the deadliest week for wildfires in the state's history.

Thanks to their ingenuity, they made it out in one piece, but their home was destroyed.

Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband John had tried to flee their Santa Rosa home early Monday morning but couldn't escape.

"I just kept going under", says January. Giraudo told them her father-in-law's home in Napa Valley, about 40 miles away, had burned down. "It was a wall of flames", Jan added. Jan also called 911 and told the dispatcher where they were, expecting somebody would come to save them soon, reported Today. "We were in survival move, what were we going to do?"

The Pascoes had a thought: They could survive if they waited out the fire in their neighbor's pool.

The couple debated jumping into the frigid, murky pool. Their whole neighborhood, trees, houses, cars, and everything, had become "engulfed in flames", the told The LA Times. As they deliberated whether to get into the pool - it was 55 degrees outside - their neighbor's house caught on fire.

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Once they felt like it was safe to get out of the pool, all of their possessions they left poolside were completely melted or destroyed.

As of Friday, the California wildfires have killed at least 31 people and hundreds have been reported missing.

The couple held each other in the cold water of the pool for six hours until the fire blew away. She urged her parents to evacuate.

Less than two hours later, she got word her parents had survived their ordeal. "Do you think I need to prepare myself for this?"

When they emerged from their neighbor's pool six hours later, freezing, everything they owned was gone.

But after their daughter's second call, Jan looked outside "and all I saw was a red glow", she told the LA Times.



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