911 Tapes Paint Picture of Chaos

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Phone calls to 911 on the day that Bob Vasholz died last February paint a picture of confusion that first responders faced as they tried to make sense of the chaos.

Today, Terrance Hale stands convicted of killing Mr. Vasholz. A jury found Hale guilty of arson and murder. The convicted killer claims he was trying to help.

Prosecutors went to court contending that Hale attacked Bob and Elizabeth Vasholz in their home and then set the house of fire. Mrs. Vasholz survived and testified against the man who now faces life in prison.

WOWT 6 News has obtained the 911 calls from the morning when the incident happened.

At one point you can hear Elizabeth shouting out her address. At another, Hale is talking to the dispatcher.

"What's going on there?" the 911 operator asked.

"It's a fire," Hale said. "And I tried to save them, and they are attacking me."

Dispatch: "Is there somebody trapped in the house?"

Hale: "I don't know. I tried to save one. I pulled one out. My battery is dying. I don't know."

Dispatch: "Alright, alright. We've got 'em coming."

We also hear the voice of Gary Burns, a neighbor. But he was not calling about a fire. He didn't see one. Burns was calling about Elizabeth Vasholz who was sitting on another neighbor's porch.

"I'm not sure what is going on," Burns said. "This old lady is out here. She is all beat up and bloody. There is this guy out here. She is saying that he did it. I don't know what the hell is going on."

Dispatch: "Is anything on fire there? Because the last caller said there was a house on fire and people were trapped."

Burns: "I don't see anything on fire."

Hale has said he plans to appeal his conviction.

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