Part of NWO Rick Perry's Mansion Destroyed By Fire

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 06/08/2008 - 11:23am.

Hmmm... Sorry to see this historical mansion destroyed but... PLENTY could be said about this 'mysterious fire'... ~ SadInAmerica

Authorities are trying to determine the cause of a major fire early today at the Texas governor's mansion that destroyed parts of the historic downtown Austin building.


Firefighters were called to the building at about 1:45 a.m., after pedestrians noticed a fire on the front porch of the building, said Assistant Acting Fire Chief Dawn Clopton. When they arrived, the fire had spread to other parts of the building, including the second-story and roof.


Crews spent more than four hours battling the blaze and said they had contained it by about 6:30 a.m. today. More than 40 fire engines and 100 firefighters helped fight the fire.

The roof of the governor's mansion was partially collapsed by the fire. - Laura Skelding/AMERICAN-STATESMAN


A spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is traveling to Europe on an economic trade mission, said Perry is "heartbroken."


"Not only is the governor a student of Texas history, he has a personal connection with the mansion," said Krista Piferrer.


The second-floor of the mansion at the intersection of 10th and Lavaca Streets, which covers a city block, appears gutted, and the first floor is apparently extensively damaged. The roof is partially collapsed.


The huge white front columns are fire-charred.


The building has been under renovation for about two years as part of a multi-million dollar restoration. Perry and his wife, Anita, have been living in a rented house in far West Austin.


As of about 8:30 a.m, about 20 contractors are inside the front gates of the mansion. Another 15 fire trucks, police cars and ambulances also are in the area. Until moments ago, firefighters were still spraying water onto the building from two towering ladder trucks.


A stream of water was cascading down the front stairs of the house and into the street.


Clopton said historic paintings and other items already had been removed from the house for the renovation. Officials from the state conservation office also are on the scene to work with firefighters.


Clopton said investigators from the state Fire Marshal's office would investigate the fire. The building has security cameras stationed around it.


Early today, about a dozen on-lookers have shown up, including Mary Lou Harris, 81. Harris said she worked at the state Capitol in the early 1970s and volunteered at the governor's mansion.


"I am devastated," she said as tears welled in her eyes and scanned the front of the building. "It feels so helpless.


"There was so much history in this house. It was (one of) the oldest buildings in Texas."

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