A California couple was stranded when the raging fires came up to their home unexpectedly. Not three hours earlier, John Pascoe, 70, and Jan Pascoe, 65, were enjoying the gorgeous October evening on their deck of their Santa Rosa home.
They never saw any signs of danger, nor did they ever receive any alert from authorities that there was a wildfire among them. The couple went to bed around 10 p.m. Shortly after John and Jan went to bed, their daughter, Zoe Giraudo, called them worried. She told them that her father-in-law's house, which was 40 miles away, had just burned down and suggested they evacuate.
She called again around midnight. At this time the couple peered outside their bedroom window and saw orange and red flames. The wildfire had arrived.
John didn't panic. He decided to grab two Dale Chihuly glass bowls, which he inherited from his mother, and wrap them in towels and stow them in his Toyota pickup. He also took some of his paintings.
“I looked out the window,” Jan telling the LA Times, “and all I saw was a red glow. I said, ‘John, we’ve got to get out of here.’”
As John got in his pickup, Jan scooped up their 17-year-old cat and drove off in her Mercedes sedan. They headed down their long driveway to safety. So they thought.
“It was a wall of flames,” Jan said. The two turned around and parked near their home. When Jan opened her car door, their cat jumped out and had not been seen ever since.