AUSTIN (AP) - An administrator for the Texas Governor's Mansion
last year questioned whether one trooper was enough to guard the
building during renovations.
The more than 150-year-old mansion burned on June 8th in a fire
that's been termed arson.
So far no arrests.
Ellen Read conveyed her concern at an October 1st meeting among
state officials and private firms involved in the renovation
The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News today
reported on Read's concerns after obtaining notes under the Texas
Public Information Act.
There was only one trooper on duty at the time of the fire. He'd
worked an eight-hour shift earlier in the day at the Bob Bullock
Texas State History Museum.
Governor Rick Perry and his wife moved out of the mansion last
fall at the start of renovations.
Only 3 of the mansion's 20 security cameras were working when
the building was torched.
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