Couple Survived Wildfire by Spending 6 Hours in Pool


They were awakened at midnight by a call from their older daughter, Zoe Giraudo, who urged them to "get out", and by then the wind had picked up and the flames were lurking outside.

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.

The pool bottomed out at four feet so the couple didn't have to tread water but they did have to maintain hope and patience. It's one of more than 3,500 homes and structures that have been destroyed by wildfires in California's wine country.

The wildfires that have killed at least 31 people and become the deadliest in state history began to burn down the neighbor's house.

"I just kept going under", Jan told the LA Times. I said, "John, we've got to get out of here.'" By that time, it was too late.

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.

Jan placed a call to 911 asking if they should jump into the water.

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They got in their cars, drove down their long driveway and were met with a "wall of flames", Jan told the Times. "Get anywhere safe", was the response.

John Pascoe, 70, and his wife, Jan, 65, decided the only way to save themselves was to jump into the neighbor's pool. "This is where we are".

A California couple managed to survive the wildfire raging around their house for six hours by waiting it out in their neighbor's pool. Tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and businesses have burned in widespread wildfires that are burning in Napa and Sonoma counties.

They held onto each other to stay warm and kept submerging themselves underwater to take shelter from the heat and the ash-filled air.

In order to protect themselves from the smoke and embers, the Pascoes told the Times they held T-shirts over their faces while bobbing in and out of the water.

Their daughters in San Francisco frantically called their phones but received no answer.

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. "Do you think I need to prepare myself for this?"