Chico man loses family house to Atlas Fire in Napa


CHICO, Calif. - The fires in Napa affected at least one man who lives 140 miles away in Chico.

Buzz Beattie, a Realtor with Anderson Real Estate and host of a talk show on the same subject for KKXX Radio, lost a house that was in his family since 1971 due to the Atlas Fire.

"All that's remaining are two chimneys," said Beattie. "It's been a very sentimental property. When my parents passed away, I took over the property."

The house is near the fifth green of the Silverado Country Club that was used last weekend for a PGA tournament. Approximately four hours after the tournament ended Sunday night, the fire swept into the club, destroyed several homes in the development including Beattie's.

Zillow estimates its value at $1.3 million, and was rented by Beattie for $4,000 per month.

The good news is that the house is fully insured and Beattie said that some of his lost income from the rental will be paid by his insurance company.

But the house's immediate future is uncertain.

"There are so many homes that were burned that it's hard to imagine there's enough contractors available to do the rebuilding anytime soon," he said.

He also said other homeowners who've lost homes should remember counties generally waive real estate taxes when the house is being rebuilt.

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