Bel-Air Man Grabs Cat, Neighbor’s Marathon Medals Before Evacuating From Skirball Fire

Firefighters work to save burning houses along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire in Bel-Air Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Firefighters work to save burning houses along Linda Flora Drive during the Skirball Fire in Bel-Air Dec. 6, 2017. (Credit: KYLE GRILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson Rogow, 24, woke up at 6 a.m. to the smell of smoke and the wail of sirens. He ran outside in his boxer shorts, and saw his neighbors on Bellagio Road standing in the street and packing their cars. The moon was blood red.

He turned on the news, and saw aerial footage of his eight-unit apartment building from a helicopter monitoring the Skirball fire. He turned to his girlfriend and said, “We should pack.”

By 7 a.m., fire trucks were racing up and down the street, apparently trying to get as close to the fire as possible, Rogow said. He waved to one truck and shouted, “Should I leave?” A firefighter gave him a thumbs-up, he said, but he wasn’t sure what that meant.

Rogow packed the couple’s cat, Zeppelin, and a bag of kitty litter. His girlfriend found a stack of photographs of her late father.

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