- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2017

Wildfires in Northern California that killed at least 31 people have also consumed the home of the late cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.

The man behind the “Peanuts” gang passed away in 2000, but surviving relatives honored his legacy with memorabilia kept inside a home he built in 1958. They told reporters on Thursday, however, that Sonoma County fires have destroyed “everything” from the artist’s personal collection.

Daughter Monte Schulz said that her 78-year-old mother Jean was luckily evacuated before fires swept through at 2 a.m.

“It’s the house he died in. All of their memorabilia and everything is all gone,” she said, The Associated Press reported Thursday. “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.”

Fans of the cartoonist can take heart that art on display at the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa was not damaged.

Authorities say more than 400 people across eight counties are still missing.

Roughly 8,000 firefighters are working to contain flames, which destroyed 3,500 homes across 190,000 acres.

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