Home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz destroyed in fire

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The Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center is also in Santa Rosa.

The house in Santa Rosa caught fire at about 2 a.m. on Monday, but not before Schulz's wife, Jean, 78, was able to escape, her stepson Monte Schulz said to the Kansas City Star.

Deadly wildfires in the U.S. state of California have now claimed 31 lives, with hundreds still missing, and also destroyed the home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz, taking all the famous cartoonist's memorabilia with it. Most of his collection of original comic strips, artwork and memorabilia featuring characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang, is housed at the museum, which was untouched by the fire.

Monte Schulz says he's been told the home where his famous cartoonist father died - and all the memorabilia inside it - are gone.

The family home of Charles M. Schulz, the man who created "Peanuts", burned to the ground in California's wildfires earlier this week, a family member has confirmed. "Obviously that's all gone".

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He said his brother, Craig, also lost his home in the fires.

"It's heartbreaking to lose the place where I lived with Sparky", said Schulz, part owner of Sonoma Media Investments, the parent company of The Press Democrat. The Sonoma County airport is named after him, with its logo an image of Snoopy flying on his dog house.

Schultz apparently never wanted any statues of himself, but agreed to sculptures of his characters, which are planted around town.

The wildfires in Santa Rosa, Calif., have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.

. For the Schulz family, though, the personal loss is still heavy.

The house was built by the Schulz family in the 1970s and it's where the beloved cartoonist died as he slept at 77-years-old in 2000. Schulz passed away in 2000, just one day before his final Peanuts strip ran in newspapers, but his legacy as possibly the most popular and influential newspaper cartoonist of all time continues. "It's erased. Everything that was in there, every connection we had to dad vis a vis that house, is gone now".

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