By: Kyle James | 10-12-2017 | News
Photo credit: Brian van der Brug | Los Angeles Times

Santa Rosa Couple Survive California Wildfire Inside Pool For Six Hours

||| Brian van der Brug | Los Angeles Times |||

Jan Pascoe and her husband were trapped because of how quickly the California wine country wildfires spread. The couple describes being overwhelmed by the raging fire burning the world all around them and Jan hyperventilated out of fear. Then the couple remembered their neighbors had a pool in the back yard. Jan told herself, "You've got to calm down, Jan. You can't go underwater and hyperventilate."

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The two called 911 at 12:40 a.m. to report they were trapped and Jan reached a dispatcher. "We are going to get into the neighbors’ pool, should we do this?" she asked the dispatcher. "Get anywhere safe," the dispatcher responded. Jan replied that she and her husband would be in the pool, "Please. We will be in the pool. This is where we are." Jan is 65 and her husband John is 70, she said they both debated whether they wanted to get in right away. "Hold off," John said. "The waters cold. Let's see what happens."

The couple looked around them as the neighbor's house caught fire as well as a big tree next to the pool. Even the railroad ties framing the concrete steps leading to the pool burst into flames. They jumped in. After holding each other to stay warm for six hours and resurfacing only for air, the two made it through the ordeal and survived.

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