Laura Petrini, 8, salvages plates and cups from the ruins of her family’s home in the Rancho San Antonio area near Santa Barbara in the aftermath of the 1990 Painted Cave Fire.
Laura Petrini, 8, salvages plates and cups from the ruins of her family’s home in the Rancho San Antonio area near Santa Barbara in the aftermath of the 1990 Painted Cave Fire. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com
Laura Petrini, 8, salvages plates and cups from the ruins of her family’s home in the Rancho San Antonio area near Santa Barbara in the aftermath of the 1990 Painted Cave Fire. David Middlecamp dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

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Photographer David Middlecamp has been delving into The Tribune's archives to share historical photos and articles about the Central Coast with readers since 2007. Reach him at dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com .