TREASURES OUT OF RUBBLE : Families express regret and gratitude after Tea Fire

Amid the ruins of her home, Jenna Fikes found the shoe that would keep her safe on her “planet of nightmares.” “It was a ceramic shoe that I made in the 5th grade,” the 16-year-old Montecito resident said. “I wrote a story about it being on a planet where all the nightmares go.” The shoe survived a real-life nightmare — the total loss of the Fikes’ home. Jenna found it Monday while digging through the rubble for the things she and her parents wished they had packed as the Tea Fire charged their home on Westmont Road. more

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