You've probably read or heard by now that the governor's mansion in Austin caught fire early yesterday morning. The governor was out of the country and hasn't been living in the historic home for months because it is undergoing renovation. Also because of the renovation, the historic artifacts that usually decorate the interior were not inside at the time of the fire.
Investigators suspect the blaze was intentionally set. At a press conference this morning, investigators said they are culling through hours of videotape and hoping tipsters will call their hotline (877-434-7345) with information that will lead to the culprit. This afternoon, a canine team is scheduled to search the scene for accelerant that may have started the blaze.
"We're very confident we're going to find the perpetrator," said Paul Maldonado, state fire marshal.
Here are some photos of the blackened front of the mansion: