His house survived a devastating wildfire. Now, it’s an island in the ashes.

In October 2017, the city of Santa Rosa was hit by the deadliest and most destructive wildfires in California state history.

Local resident Gerald Buhrz remembers that night vividly, having only just narrowly escaped with his wife to safety. When the flames subsided, he returned to find that nearly every home in his close-knit neighborhood of Fountaingrove was destroyed by the fires. Every home, that is, except one.

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