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Peanuts Creator Charles Schulz's Home Was Just Destroyed By The California Wildfires

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Throughout the week, dozens of fires in California have destroyed thousands of buildings and burned through more than 100,000 acres.

Santa Rosa's Coffey Park neighborhood was wiped off the map by the fires.California Highway Patrol

Officials say that 31 people have died since the fires started, with the death toll expected to rise as firefighters search areas affected by the blaze. Already, over 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed, with California's historic "wine country" north of San Francisco hit the hardest.

Smoke rises above a vinyard in Sonoma.Newsweek

In nearby Santa Rosa, California, one tiny building that held a whole lot of history was sadly lost in the fires. It was the home of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip and its iconic characters including Snoopy and Charlie Brown. At the height of his career, more than 2,600 newspapers featured Schulz's cartoons.

Schulz, with his most famous character.Wikimedia

Schulz and his wife Jean had the home built in 1970, and lived there together until Schulz's death in 2000. His son Monte, who wasn't in Santa Rosa during the fire, revealed that Schulz's 78-year-old widow Jean was forced to evacuate in the middle of the night as flames crept up on the historic house.

And, sadly, he says that some irreplaceable artifacts of his father's life were still in the home when it burnt down...

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