For immediate release
July 22, 2020
City of San Gabriel Issues Update on Ongoing Investigation into Mission San Gabriel Fire
San Gabriel, CA - Yesterday evening on July 21, custody of the structure was returned from the investigators to the Mission San Gabriel. Investigators had been at the scene at the Mission San Gabriel since the incident began on July 11, but were only able to thoroughly examine the building beginning on July 15 once engineers and structural specialists were able to stabilize loose debris. The investigation remains ongoing and a definite cause is still being determined by investigators.
We are aware of media reports of an individual who was charged for a separate attempted arson incident in San Gabriel on July 12. This individual was arrested for an unrelated charge. The investigation into the Mission San Gabriel incident remains ongoing.
For those in the media and the public that are interested in following developments associated with the Mission San Gabriel fire, a special news page has been established at, including an incident summary, information about the current status of the investigation, press releases and media contact information. You may view the page here.


City of San Gabriel
Jonathan Fu, Public Information Officer
Mobile: 626.899.3989

San Gabriel Police Department
Lieutenant Brian Kott, Public Information Bureau
P: 626.308.2840
About the City of San Gabriel

The birthplace of the Los Angeles region, the City of San Gabriel features a diverse population of over 41,000 residents. Founded in 1771 and incorporated in 1913, San Gabriel serves as the home of the Mission San Gabriel. The City features a historic core in the Mission District and a vibrant arts and culture scene at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. For more information about the City of San Gabriel, visit the City’s website at or blog at .
City of San Gabriel

425 South Mission Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776