Security 'Stand Down' While Texas Governor's Mansion Burns...

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 9:21am.
Officials received the first 911 call alerting them to the fire at the Governor's Mansion at 1:43 a.m., Sunday.

Alonzo Perez made that call as he walked to his car from a night out on Sixth Street.


Alonzo Perez made the first 911 call.

The Austin Fire Department confirms Perez made the first call.

But, the Texas Department of Public Safety, which oversees security around the Capitol Grounds, contends it made the first call.

Perez's immediate response has caused controversy over the effectiveness of security that night, something that shocked Perez as he watched the mansion burn.

"I didn't see nobody out here for about 8-10 minutes," Perez said. "It's kind of crazy. There was no security out here, nothing. I would think security would have been around here, you know."

Fire investigators are interviewing Perez about what happened that night, hoping to piece together a more accurate timeline.

To hear the 911 calls, click here.

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 06/10/2008 - 9:21am.