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Fire Destroys Roof of 249-Year-Old San Gabriel Mission Church in California — But Officials Will Not Disclose Cause of Fire

The roof of the San Gabriel Mission church, founded in 1771, destroyed in an early morning fire on Saturday morning.

The fire took place a week after the Father Serra statue was removed from the property.

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KTLA reported:

A fire broke out at the San Gabriel Mission and completely burned the church’s roof early Saturday, officials said.

Authorities have not determined what may have caused the blaze at the 249-year-old church on 428 S. Mission Drive.

The San Gabriel Fire Department received a call about the fire at around 4:30 a.m. and arrived at the scene to find flames through the roof, Capt. Antonio Negrete told KTLA.

The crews called for additional units after about 5 minutes, Negrete said. Some 50 firefighters responded to the location, and they struggled as parts of the roof began to come down, according to the captain.

Video recorded before daylight shows dark smoke rising from the flames…

…The church, founded in 1771, was the fourth of 21 missions established by the priest Junipero Serra, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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