from Realist Report
San Gabriel Mission, founded 1771
4-alarm fire destroys most of Mission San Gabriel.
A raging fire tore through the church at Mission San Gabriel Arcángel early Saturday, July 11, destroying almost all of the 215-year-old building that is an icon in the small Los Angeles County town.
The roof collapsed and the interior was gutted up to the altar, with mostly only the walls still standing at the fortress-style building, San Gabriel Fire Department Capt. Antonio Negrete said.
The rectory where priests stay and the museum, both in separate buildings from the church, did not catch fire, Negrete said. The mission bell also survived, as did historical relics that had been stored off-site during recent renovations, he said.