Sunday, June 8, 2008

Fire Sweeps Through Governor's Mansion

Arson suspected in Texas governor's mansion fire that occured at 2am last night, and a piece of Austin and Texas history is severely damaged. The mansion was unoccupied when the fire occured last night. The mansion has been undergoing renovations, so the Governor himself has not been living there for some time.

Built in 1856, the home is the oldest continually used executive residence west of the Mississippi, according to the group Friends of the Governor's Mansion, which works to preserve and show the public the historic building.

What a tragedy and a travesty.

UPDATE: A picture of what was lost:

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