Wild­fire burns home of ‘Peanuts’ cre­ator Schulz

The Philippine Star - - WORLD -

SANTA ROSA (AP) — The home of “Peanuts” cre­ator Charles Schulz burned to the ground in the deadly Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires but his widow es­caped, her step­son said Thurs­day.

Jean Schulz, 78, evac­u­ated be­fore flames en­gulfed her hill­side home Mon­day and is stay­ing with a daugh­ter, Monte Schulz said.

The Schulzes built the Cal­i­for­nia split-level home in the 1970s and the car­toon­ist lived there un­til his death in 2000.

”It’s the house he died in. All of their mem­o­ra­bilia and ev­ery­thing is all gone,” Monte Schulz said.

He had not heard from his step­mother and learned about the dis­as­ter from his brother, Craig Schulz, who also lost his Santa Rosa home in the fire.

”The fire came by at, like, two in the morn­ing,” Monte Schulz said. “Ev­ery­thing’s gone.”

Fires in the North­ern Cal­i­for­nia wine coun­try have killed at least 31 peo­ple since they be­gan Sun­day.

Monte Schulz said he had not vis­ited his step­mother’s home in re­cent years be­cause he lives more than 300 miles away in Santa Bar­bara. He wasn’t sure what might have burned.

”Ob­vi­ously stuff from my dad and their life to­gether, all gone,” he said.

Schulz usu­ally worked at an out­side stu­dio and most of his orig­i­nal art­work and mem­o­ra­bilia are at the Charles M. Schulz Mu­seum and Re­search Cen­ter in Santa Rosa, which es­caped the flames.

AP

File photo shows the late car­toon­ist Charles Schulz dis­play­ing a sketch of his beloved char­ac­ter ‘Snoopy’ in his of­fice in Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia.

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