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Santa Rose couple stay in pool to escape California fire

  • Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband John, 70, were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property 
  • They received a call from their nervous daughter, who lives in San Francisco, begging them to get out while they still had time
  • When they finally decided to make an escape, Jan says she looked out the window and was horrified to see flames everywhere 
  • Thinking on their feet, they decided to plunge into their neighbor's pool where they waited out their nightmare scenario for six hours 
  • Firefighters gained ground on Thursday against the wildfires that have killed at least 31 people and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations 

By Harvey Day For Mailonline

Published: 04:14 EDT, 13 October 2017 | Updated: 06:15 EDT, 13 October 2017

A married couple spent six hours in a swimming pool to escape the flames of a devastating Northern California fire that burnt their home to the ground.

Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband John, 70, were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property.

Concerned but not panicked, John decided to gather a few cherished items including two Dale Chihuly glass bowls he inherited from his mother and some of paintings and stash them in his car for safekeeping.

A married couple spent six hours in a swimming pool to escape the flames of the devastating Northern California fire that burnt their home to the ground
A married couple spent six hours in a swimming pool to escape the flames of the devastating Northern California fire that burnt their home to the ground

A married couple spent six hours in a swimming pool to escape the flames of the devastating Northern California fire that burnt their home to the ground

Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband John, 70, were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property
Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband John, 70, were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property

Jan Pascoe, 65, and her husband John, 70, were at home in Santa Rose on Sunday night when they first saw signs of smoke approaching their property

Later that night, they received a call from their nervous daughter, who lives in San Francisco, warning them about the growing blaze and begging them to get out while they still had time.

When they finally decided to make an escape, Jan says she looked out the window and was horrified to see flames everywhere.

'I looked out the window,' Jan told the LA Times, 'and all I saw was a red glow. I said, "John, we've got to get out of here."'

They picked up their 17-year-old cat and tried to escape in their Mercedes-Benz sedan. But the road was blocked and they were forced to return.

When they finally decided to make an escape, Jan says she looked out the window and was horrified to see flames everywhere
When they finally decided to make an escape, Jan says she looked out the window and was horrified to see flames everywhere

When they finally decided to make an escape, Jan says she looked out the window and was horrified to see flames everywhere

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

To stay warm they held each other and spoke about their love for one another and their family.   

'I just kept going under,' she told the publication. 'And I kept saying, "How long does it take for a house to burn down?" We were freezing.'

Their cat, which ran away in the mayhem, has not been seen since.

And their home, along with all their life's possessions, has been entirely destroyed. 

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

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

Firefighters gained ground on Thursday against the wildfires that have killed at least 31 people and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations.

The death toll, revised upward by eight on Thursday, marked the greatest loss of life from a single California wildfire event in recorded state history, two more than the 29 people killed by the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles.

With 3,500 homes and businesses incinerated, the so-called North Bay fires also rank among the most destructive.

Firefighters gained ground on Thursday against the wildfires that have killed at least 31 people and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations. Pictured, firefighter Trevor Smith  battles the Tubbs Fire on October 12 near Calistoga, California
Firefighters gained ground on Thursday against the wildfires that have killed at least 31 people and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations. Pictured, firefighter Trevor Smith  battles the Tubbs Fire on October 12 near Calistoga, California

Firefighters gained ground on Thursday against the wildfires that have killed at least 31 people and left hundreds missing in the chaos of mass evacuations. Pictured, firefighter Trevor Smith battles the Tubbs Fire on October 12 near Calistoga, California

The death toll, revised upward by eight on Thursday, marked the greatest loss of life from a single California wildfire event in recorded state history, two more than the 29 people killed by the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles
The death toll, revised upward by eight on Thursday, marked the greatest loss of life from a single California wildfire event in recorded state history, two more than the 29 people killed by the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles

The death toll, revised upward by eight on Thursday, marked the greatest loss of life from a single California wildfire event in recorded state history, two more than the 29 people killed by the Griffith Park fire of 1933 in Los Angeles

The flames have scorched more than 190,000 acres, an area nearly the size of New York City, reducing whole neighborhoods in the city of Santa Rosa to ash and smoldering ruins dotted with charred trees and burned-out cars.

The official cause of the disaster was under investigation, but officials said power lines toppled by gale-force winds on Sunday night may have sparked the conflagration.

A resurgence of extreme wind conditions that had been forecast for Wednesday night and early Thursday failed to materialize, giving fire crews a chance to start carving containment lines.

With 3,500 homes and businesses incinerated, the so-called North Bay fires also rank among the most destructive. Pictured, homes in the Coffey Park neighborhood that were destroyed by the Tubbs Fire
With 3,500 homes and businesses incinerated, the so-called North Bay fires also rank among the most destructive. Pictured, homes in the Coffey Park neighborhood that were destroyed by the Tubbs Fire

With 3,500 homes and businesses incinerated, the so-called North Bay fires also rank among the most destructive. Pictured, homes in the Coffey Park neighborhood that were destroyed by the Tubbs Fire

But fierce winds were expected to return as early as Friday night, and a force of 8,000 firefighters was racing to reinforce and extend buffer lines across Northern California before then.

Despite progress, fire crews remained 'a long way from being out of the woods,' Ken Pimlott, director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told reporters in Sacramento, the state capital.

Mark Ghilarducci, state director of emergency services, added: 'We are not even close to being out of this emergency.' 

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