Fire Destroys Texas Governor's Mansion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN -- State officials say a four-alarm fire that began at the Governor's Mansion early Sunday morning has caused damage "bordering on catastrophic."

Robert Black, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, said no one was inside the 150-year-old home when the fire began shortly before 2 a.m. The mansion had been undergoing a $10 million renovation, and Perry and his wife had moved out last fall.

Black said it's still unknown what started the blaze.

Black said more than 100 firefighters are on the scene. He said small pockets of fire are still being put out, and that the roof of the home is very unstable.

Black said the damage to the mansion "is extraordinary, bordering on catastrophic."

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