Couple Survives Lethal California Wildfires By Sheltering In Pool For 6 Hrs

Thinking on their feet they decided to plunge into their neighbor's pool where they waited out their nightmare scenario for six hours

Thinking on their feet they decided to plunge into their neighbor's pool where they waited out their nightmare scenario for six hours

For the next six hours, the couple stayed in the 4-foot deep pool, holding T-shirts over their faces when they went up for air.

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

More than a dozen wildfires ignited on Sunday in Northern California, consuming over 190,000 acres of land and killing more than 20 people and forcing thousands more to evacuate.

Their eldest daughter, Zoe Giraudo, called them shortly after, warning them that they should evacuate as soon as possible. The Pascoes still had no idea how widespread the fires were. 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.

"We were in survival mode", Jan said. There they waited, and waited for help to come. Their whole neighborhood, trees, houses, cars, and everything, had become "engulfed in flames", the told The LA Times.

The couple debated jumping into the frigid, murky pool.

"Get anywhere safe", the dispatcher responded. "This is where we are".

"We are going to get into the neighbor's pool, should we do this?'"

According to recent reports, the fire in #California killed 31 people.I offer my honest condolences to the families of those killed.

They removed most of their clothing, and submerged themselves in the freezing water, which at that point, was filled with debris.

The retired couple huddled together in the cold water as the heat melted their personal effects they left on the poolside.

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

Less than two hours later, she got word her parents had survived their ordeal. "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?"

Knowing they had to make a decision quick, Jan said she and her husband ran to their neighbor's house because they had a pool.

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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