Mission San Gabriel Arcángel

A man was charged on Tuesday with setting the blaze, which destroyed the historic Mission of San Gabriel in the early hours of last summer.

John David Corey, 57, faces several charges, including two counts of arson at an occupied building and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office on Tuesday.

“The loss to the mission was in the millions of dollars, but the loss to the community is immeasurable,”George Gascón

“The loss to the mission was in the millions of dollars, but the loss to the community is immeasurable,” said District Attorney George Gascon.

The early hour fire, on July 11, wreaked considerable damage on the nearly 250-year-old San Gabriel Mission, a landmark in Southern California history that incorporates artefacts from the late 17th Century.

The church was the fourth mission to be founded in all of California by a Franciscan priest, Father Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest who faced criticism for abusing Indians.

Gomez happened to be at the scene of the fire that Saturday morning in July.

Building of a temporary wood roof and waterproof canopy is ahead of schedule and is slated to be complete by the end of August, Mission San Gabriel Pastor John Molyneux said on Tuesday ahead of the 250th anniversary of the mission in September.

A retrial date for Corey had not immediately been set.

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