Support for LAist comes from
True LA stories, powered by you
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Morning Briefing: Arson A Possibility In San Gabriel Mission Fire

5f0b83c4529597000da79203-eight.jpg
A statue of Saint Junipero Serra used to stand in front of the San Gabriel Mission until leaders recently removed it from public view for its protection. (Josie Huang/LAist)
LAist relies on reader support, not paywalls.
Freely accessible local news is vital. Please power our reporters and help keep us independent with a donation today.

Never miss a morning briefing. Subscribe today to get our A.M. newsletter delivered to your inbox.

A fire that burned parts of the San Gabriel Mission appears to have started in the church’s choir loft. Investigators are still looking into whether or not it was an act of arson, but a representative for the region’s fire department told Josie Huang that no electrical work was being done in a recent renovation.

The 249-year-old church was a landmark in San Gabriel, and a revered place for many Catholics in the area. But it’s also been a recent source of controversy; it’s associated with the missions founded by Father Junípero Serra, who has been blamed for physical and cultural violence against Native Americans. At a recent protest in downtown L.A., a statue of Serra was torn down by activists.

Still, for some residents, the church had a different meaning.

Support for LAist comes from

"I feel very sad," Liccia Beck, a San Gabriel resident, told Josie. "My parents were married here. This has just been in our family for several generations."

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


Coming Up Today, July 13

Support for LAist comes from

More than $100 million are available to help Angelenos struggling to pay rent during the pandemic. Aaron Mendelson explains how the program works.

Virtual literary events rule the week, and a classic tamalería opens a new brick-and-mortar location. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

Never miss an LAist story. Sign up for our daily newsletters.


The Past 48 Hours In LA

Support for LAist comes from

Coronavirus Updates: L.A. County public health officials yesterday announced 3,322 new coronavirus cases and 18 new deaths. Los Angeles Apparel — owned by Dov Charney, who previously founded American Apparel — has been closed by county officials after more than 300 workers contracted COVID-19.

#JusticeForAndresGuardado: Protesters are calling for the arrest of Miguel Vega, the Sheriff’s deputy who killed 18-year-old Andrés Guardado with five shots to the back, and for Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign.

San Gabriel Mission: A fire at the 249-year-old San Gabriel Mission has left local Catholics grieving.

California Vs. Trump: The UC System filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its new international students policy, which requires those students to take classes in person or risk having their visas revoked.

To support our non-profit public service journalism: Donate Now.

Support for LAist comes from

Photo Of The Day

Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department meet protesters demanding justice for Andrés Guardado at the Compton Civic Center, as a mural of President Barack Obama is displayed in the background.

5f0a5e86529597000da791dd-eight.jpg
(Brian Feinzimer for LAist)

Help Us Cover Your Community

  • Got something you’ve always wanted to know about Southern California and the people who call it home? Is there an issue you want us to cover? Ask us anything.
  • Have a tip about news on which we should dig deeper? Let us know.

The news cycle moves fast. Some stories don't pan out. Others get added. Consider this today's first draft, and check LAist.com for updates on these stories and more. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


icon

DON'T MISS ANY L.A. CORONAVIRUS NEWS
Get our daily newsletters for the latest on COVID-19 and other top local headlines.


Terms of Use and Privacy Policy