A California man has been charged with arson for setting the blaze that ravaged a 250-year-old mission in Los Angeles last year, officials announced Tuesday.
John David Corey, 57, was hit with two felony counts of arson and first-degree burglary for allegedly setting the July 11 fire at the San Gabriel Mission, a Southern California landmark, LA County District Attorney George Gascon said in a press release.
The interior of the San Gabriel Mission in Los Angeles after the fire.AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File
“The loss of the mission was in the millions of dollars but the loss to the community is immeasurable,” Gascon said in a statement.
The fire caused extensive damage to the historic building, which contained artifacts dating to the late 18th Century and original walls, floors and a domed ceiling.
The mission was founded in 1771, and was the fourth established in California by Franciscan priest Junipero Serra, NBC Los Angeles reported.