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Elderly Couple Survived Wildfire By Spending The Night In Their Neighbor's Pool

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Wildfires have been rampaging through California for several days now, and people are doing everything they can to make it out alive. One couple's unique way to survive the flames is quite the interesting story.

Jan and John Pascoe were in their Santa Rosa home when they started to smell smoke. “We’d experienced fire before,” said Jan. “But the issue always was, how far away is it?” They had received no official evacuation alerts and according to the news it was still 11 miles away. It wasn't until their daughter called that they realized they needed to leave.

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John packed a couple valuables into his truck, but the winds picked up before they could get away. “I looked out the window,” Jan said, “and all I saw was a red glow. I said, ‘John, we’ve got to get out of here.’”

As they tried to flee the area, they quickly ran into issues. Jane said that "it was a wall of flames," in front of them, so they ended up going back to their home. “We were in survival mode. What are we going to do? What are we going to do?”

They were completely trapped in their home that was about to get engulfed in flames, but then they remembered their neighbors pool. They called 911 and spoke to a dispatcher to check if their plan would work. Jan asked them "We are going to get into the neighbors’ pool, should we do this?" The dispatcher replied that they should "get anywhere safe".

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The couple didn't have much of a choice, the cold water was their only escape from the intense heat...

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