Governor Rick Perry comments on arson

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

AUSTIN, Tex. -- Texas Governor Rick Perry is getting his first real look at damage to the Governor's mansion in Austin, after returning from an overseas trip.

"I can't for the life of me understand what would motivate someone to do this," said Perry. " But I do know that they'll be caught and they'll be appropriately punished for what they've done."

Perry surveyed the damage to the 152-year old structure and met with firefighters. He also spent time in the Department of Public Safety command center.

Despite the damage, the Governor says he'd like to see the mansion restored.

Investigators say surveillance video shows the fire was intentionally set around 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

A person of interest has been spotted in the videotape.

The Heritage Society of Austin Wednesday announced a special fund for public donations. Contributions should be addressed to:

Save the Mansion Fund, Heritage Society of Austin
P.O. Box 2113
Austin, Texas
78768-2113


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  • by clint Location: Hutto on Jun 13, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    Why was Rick Perry in Europe at taxpayer expense? When I travel on business my company does not pay for my wife to come along. I believe that Rick Perry is just another political thief, stealing from the taxpayers and giving to himself!
  • by CW Location: Area on Jun 12, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    Tear it down, Gov. Perry was trying to get that mega hwy approved,think of all the history that would be torn down during the contrustion. Our houses and family farms are just as priceless as the Gov. manison. Which he was having re-done.
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