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Investigators Release Video Showing Suspect in Texas Governor’s Mansion Fire

Investigators Release Video Showing Suspect in Texas Governor’s Mansion Fire

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Texas Govenor’s mansion fire

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911 Caller: ‘Huge Fire’ at Governor’s Mansion


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.....and this one’s for sisyphus. heh heh heh


Alex Jones Covers the Gov. Mansion Fire
Alex Jones looks at the strange fire— which was apparently unattended by the Texas Governor’s Mansion’s usually thick security force.

Jones speaks with Alonzo Perez, who was the first to call in the fire after witnessing the flames take hold. Yet, the DPS officers who guard the mansion claimed they were the first to call in— a claim that is disputed by 911 operators.


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Officials say Texas Governor’s Mansion fire could be politically motivated
June 16, 2008

AUSTIN (AP) — Investigators said today they believe the arson at the Texas Governor’s Mansion was politically motivated.

They also announced a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person who set fire to the 152-year-old mansion in downtown Austin.

State Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado told reporters the arsonist “may be known to get angry and express strong opinions about the government, Gov. (Rick) Perry himself, the death penalty, the renovation of the mansion or other political issues.”

Speaking directly to the suspect, Maldonado said: “We do feel you had a message and we would like to hear from you. We’re not quite sure what that message is, but please contact us.”

Maldonado has not released video footage of the alleged arsonist that was recorded by a security camera on the mansion grounds. But he said investigators are looking for a white male between 5-foot-9 and 6-foot-1 who was wearing a ball cap, a dark shirt, work-type gloves, blue jeans or cargo-style pants the night of the fire.

He said the man is probably physically fit because he was able to scale an 8-foot chain-link fence to enter the mansion grounds.


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Millions of dollars worth of antique furnishings, portraits and other heirlooms had been removed from the mansion and placed in storage before renovation began.


The Texas Capitol can be seen in the background, with the devastated Governor’s Mansion in the foreground

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DPS Director Davis Stepping Down Amid Furor Over Governor’s Mansion Fire

Col. Thomas Davis Jr., the longtime chief of the Texas Department of Public Safety, confirmed today he is retiring at the end of August.

Davis’ announcement comes as his department is facing mounting criticism for apparent lapses in security at the Texas Governor’s Mansion during a June fire that nearly destroyed the historic building. An investigation determined an arsonist started the blaze. Questions have percolated for weeks about why DPS troopers charged with guarding the mansion were slow to respond to the fire.

At a recent legislative hearing at the Capitol, lawmakers criticized DPS and demanded the department change its structure.

Davis has served more than 43 years with the department, the last eight as director. In a brief statement from DPS, he said he will step down Aug. 31.

Gov. Rick Perry has vowed to restore the 152-year-old mansion, much of which was destroyed in the June 8 fire.


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Surveillance tapes of Texas Governor’s Mansion fire need not be released, AG says

The Associated Press

AUSTINThe Texas attorney general’s office has ruled that because of a pending criminal investigation, state officials don’t have to release video surveillance tapes of the Governor’s Mansion on the day it burned.

Fire investigators suspect arson in the June 8 blaze that severely damaged the 152-year-old mansion. No one has been arrested.

The Texas Department of Public Safety, after receiving a request for the surveillance tapes from The Associated Press and other news agencies, wrote the attorney general asking for a ruling on whether they must be released.

In addition to the pending arson investigation, the DPS cited a need to protect public property from terrorism as a reason to keep the tapes secret.

Investigators have not classified the Governor’s Mansion fire as terrorism, but the camera security system in question protects against potential terrorist acts, Jeff Lopez, DPS assistant general counsel, wrote to Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Abbott’s office responded to the DPS in a letter dated July 3. It said that the footage is exempt from disclosure because of the criminal investigation, so the attorney general didn’t need to rule on the terrorism argument made by the DPS.

The video shows someone igniting an object and throwing it onto the porch, fire investigators said. Investigators say the suspect wore a ball cap, a dark shirt, work-type gloves and blue jeans or cargo-style pants.


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