Los Angeles, California – A fire This Saturday morning in the historic San Gabriel Mission destroyed the wooden roof of the 249-year-old structure and much of its interior.
He fire was reported at 4:25 a.m. in block 428 S. Mission Road, where arriving firefighters reported that there was a large column of smoke and fire coming from the corner of the roof, said Capt. Antonio Negrete of the Department of Firefighters from San Gabriel.
“During the course of the fire, parts of the roof fell on firefighters,” said Negrete. However, no injuries were reported. The fire was brought under control at 6:48 a.m., he said.
The cost of fire losses at one of the oldest buildings in Southern California has not been calculated so far.
The archbishop of Los Angeles, José Gómez wrote on his social networks “our beloved San Gabriel Mission founded in 1771, was devastated by fire before dawn.”
The mission was founded by said Franciscan father in San Gabriel, a few kilometers southeast of Pasadena. Authorities are still on the scene investigating the cause of the incident.
The fire at the San Gabriel Mission Church has been extinguished. This is an ongoing investigation. Fire investigators are on scene as standard procedure to determine the cause of the fire. The cause is not known at this time. pic.twitter.com/fn92Bf9kQQ
— San Gabriel Police Department (@SanGabrielPD) July 11, 2020