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06-08-2008, 10:40 AM
Fire destroys Texas governor's mansion 12 minutes ago Texas state officials say a four-alarm fire has caused "catastrophic" damage to the Texas Governor's Mansion in Austin. Governor's spokesman Robert Black says said no one was inside the 150-year-old home when the fire began shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday. He says the cause is not yet known. The mansion had been undergoing a $10 million renovation and Gov. Rick Perry and his wife had moved out last fall. Black says the damage to the mansion "is extraordinary, bordering on catastrophic." He says more than 100 firefighters are at the scene and...

06-08-2008, 03:34 PM

06-08-2008, 03:50 PM


Arson suspected in Texas Governor's Mansion fire

AUSTIN Arson is suspected in a fire that swept through the historic Texas Governor's Mansion early Sunday and left much of the 152-year-old home charred and severely damaged, the state fire marshal said.

"We have some evidence that indicates that we do have an intentionally set fire," said state Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado. "So we believe that we may be looking at a criminal act here."

Calling it a "devastating loss to the state of Texas," Maldonado did not offer details on how the fire may have been set or whether authorities had identified a suspect.

Security cameras are set up around the mansion, which sits downtown on a lot the size of a city block, and investigators were interviewing people who were nearby and might have noticed suspicious activity.

"We're going to come get the person that's responsible for causing this damage," Maldonado said.

About 100 firefighters responded when an alarm when off just before 2 a.m. The mansion has been unoccupied since Perry and his wife, Anita, temporarily moved out last fall so the mansion could undergo a $10 million renovation. It was scheduled to be completed next year.

No injuries were reported, and there was no immediate financial estimate of the damage.

Small hot spots were still smoldering more than six hours after the fire began. Puffs of smoke billowed from the building.

State officials said damage to the Greek Revival-style mansion first occupied by Gov. Elisha Marshall Pease was extensive.

Darn, it was beautiful

06-08-2008, 03:54 PM
Thanks LL. My thought when seeing that this was a newly renovated mansion was that it was probably arson related. How awful.

06-08-2008, 10:36 PM
So some jerkweed from the DUmp decided to take out his frustrations on a historic mansion.