Fire Guts Mansion of Texas Governor

Officials cry arson after early morning blaze
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2008 7:30 PM CDT
The historic Texas Governor's Mansion is shown early Sunday, June 8, 2008, in Austin, Texas, after a fire swept through it earlier in the morning.   (AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)
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(Newser) – Texas officials are crying arson after a fire ripped through the Texas Governor's Mansion today, the Austin-American Statesman reports. Flames gutted parts of the building and damaged the roof, but destroyed no artifacts, as the building had been emptied for renovations. Gov. Rick Perry and President Bush expressed their grief while state officials vowed to obtain security video and catch the arsonist.