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 in Santa Rosa on 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.
The home of cartoonist Charles Schulz, pictured with a drawing of Snoopy, has burned down in the deadly California wildfires
Schulz died in 2000. His widow, Jean (pictured), escaped from the fire in the Santa Rosa, California home she had shared with her late husband
Pictured are the two properties belonging to the Schulz estate
Flames from a wildfire leap into the air in Napa, 25 miles southeast of Santa Rosa on October 9. The death toll for California's wildfires had climbed to an unprecedented 31 as of Friday morning, while hundreds more were injured or missing
Jean Schulz told the Press Democrat: 'It’s heartbreaking to lose the place where I lived with Sparky.' She added that it is 'wonderful' that the Charles M. Schulz Museum, in Santa Rosa, remains standing.
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 26 people since they began Sunday. Fires across California have claimed 31 lives.
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.
The museum dedicated to Schulz's work has been closed indefinitely due to the fires
Schulz wrote and illustrated the 'Peanuts' comic strip. Pictured is a still from a television special inspired by the comic strip. Charlie Brown drags along Snoopy, who is sitting on a sled
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 but is closed until further notice.
But the loss of the house itself is painful, Monte Schulz said.
'I had memories of being in that house. I never lived there but I visited all the time,' he said. 'That time of our lives is now completely erased.'
Schulz had long ties to Santa Rosa and to Sonoma County. He and his first wife, Joyce, built a home in the city of Sebastopol in 1958.
The airport in Santa Rosa Airport is officially titled the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport and features bronze sculptures of the Peanuts characters. Its logo is Snoopy flying on top of his doghouse.
A firefighter carries a water hose to put out a fire near Calistoga, Californai on Friday
Peanuts was written and illustrated by Schulz from 1950 to 2000. It introduced iconic characters such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and Violet.
It spawned Emmy-award winning television specials and influenced countless modern cartoons.
Schulz died of cancer in 2000 at the age of 77.
Northern California is currently being ravaged by wildfires.
The death toll had climbed to an unprecedented 31 as of Friday morning, while hundreds more were injured or missing.
The death toll is expected to keep rising. Individual fires including the Oakland Hills blaze of 1991 had killed more people than any one of the current fires, but no collection of simultaneous fires in California had ever led to so many deaths, authorities said.