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Woman survives Clover Fire by hiding in her pool

By Shay Arthur
Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:57:42 AM CST
Updated On: Sep 14 2013 10:50:39 PM CDT
IGO, Calif. -

On Friday Donna King sorts through donated clothes at the Ono Igo Community Church.

She and her boyfriend lost everything.

"Nobody knew where it was going next, it was like playin some kind of crazy game. Shakin the dice, " described King.

They first noticed the fire on their way back from Redding--they raced to their home on Windwalker Lane-- her boyfriend immediately helping a neighbor fight back the flames while she loaded up the animals.

"Birds and cats, everything we could catch."

But their cars didn't have gas so they had to borrow some from a neighbor.

"We didn't have a siphon hose, splashin it all over us, me and my friend Donna."

The flames racing, Donna immediately knew she wasn't going to make it out and had to think even faster.

"I said we can't run out of here Donna we've got gas all over us! So we jumped in the pool, got the dogs in the pool. All we had was an air mattress because we didn't plan on staying, getting in, we were just going and the fire went over the top of us."

Moments later she heard sirens and a law enforcement officer was at the end of the driveway.

"I was happy to see him,"said King.

Soaking wet, Donna and her friend Donna jumped in the car with nothing but the clothes on their back.

Her boyfriend was already in the car.

"I didn't have shoes on, nothing, I had nothin."

She also had to leave a dog behind that she is now looking for.

"His name is Tanner. He's black and tan and scared of everything."

Donna said she's thankful to be alive and for the help of the community but now with no insurance she's trying to figure out what to do next.

"Now it's what are they going to let us do when we get back in."