Fire claims collector cars and couple’s recently remodeled home

ST. HELENA — Madeline Buty and Jason Curliano had just put the final touches on their retirement home on a hill overlooking the vineyards of Napa Valley. They hung the last picture on the wall Saturday.

The couple, from Piedmont, had spent three years remodeling the home, a striking modern build with large windows and a wrap-around deck, along Silverado Trail, a few miles from downtown St. Helena.


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Less than 48 hours later, it was a smoldering pile of ashes after the Glass Fire tore through the area.

“We just put so much love and energy into that place,” Buty said Monday, as she sobbed after seeing a video of the ruins. “We spent a lot of years looking for a place. It was the perfect house for us.”

Their home was one of dozens destroyed as the fire scorched Deer Creek, Angwin and parts of St. Helena. The Glass Fire has burned more than 42,000 acres, destroying at least 80 structures including several wineries.

Buty and Curliano, both in their 50s, bought the home

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