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Home of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz burns down in Northern California wildfire

The home that Peanuts creator Charles Schulz built in Santa Rosa burned down Monday as devastating wildfires swept across Northern California, his son, Monte Schulz, said Thursday.

Charles Schulz's widow, Jean Schulz, 78, was able to escape before the flames engulfed the house, built by the Schulz family in the 1970s. Charles Schulz lived there until he died in 2000, and any Peanuts memorabilia that was in the house was destroyed. "The fire came by at two in the morning," Monte Schulz told The Associated Press. "Everything's gone."

Most of Schulz's original Peanuts artwork and memorabilia are at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, which is in Santa Rosa but was safe from the blaze. Monte Schulz lives 300 miles away in Santa Barbara, but his brother, Craig, still lives in Santa Rosa, and also lost his home in the fire.