Wednesday, December 2, 2020 9:29 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. (AP) — A 249-year-old Southern California church that was badly damaged in a fire has a temporary roof to protect the historical building as it awaits a year-long restoration. The Los Angeles Times says wood and a waterproof membrane are covering the San Gabriel Mission east of Los Angeles. The Roman Catholic mission, built in 1771, caught fire on July 11. Flames destroyed the roof, warped steel earthquake retrofitting beams and badly damaged the interior. The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Times says the historical preservation firm working on the restoration estimates it will be completed by November.