Survivor misses pets more than home |

Survivor misses pets more than home

Christina Proctor

Despite the confusion and panic, something in Adriana Tingle’s consciousness told her to tuck and roll. The thought allowed her to live through a jump from the second-story window of her burning home Wednesday with only a sprained back.

Recovering from second- and third-degree burns on her arms, back and chest, Tingle said the hardest loss wasn’t her home, but her dog and five cats.

“We had practiced how to get the animals out in the case of a fire, but it all happened so fast. I was hoping my dog would follow me out the window,” Tingle said from her room at Barton Memorial Hospital. “One of my cats was 17 years old and came all the way from Brooklyn with me.”

Tingle and her husband, Craig, awoke to the sound of a loud explosion around 4:44 a.m. Wednesday. Tingle said her husband went downstairs and found the living room in flames. He was able to leave and go for a garden hose, but Tingle was trapped upstairs.

“I heard him screaming at me to get out,” Tingle said.

She made a frantic call to 911 before jumping out the window.

South Lake Tahoe Firefighters have yet to determine the cause of the fire that gutted the Tingles’ home on the 1400 block of Herbert Ave. Tingle said she suspects a gas heater that they had removed from the living room the week before.

“I had felt tired and dragging all week,” Tingle observed.

Tingle, who has lived in Tahoe for nine years, said she is not sure if she and her husband have the heart to rebuild.

“I don’t even want to see the house right now. It’s a tomb to me,” she said.

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