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They're raising the roof in Texas Heaven today.

Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair

State Fair mascot Big Tex has gone up in flames. It's still not clear what caused the fire, which is reported to be "under control."

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Photos from fair-goers show Big Tex burned to a blackened crisp, surrounded by fire trucks. I live nearby, and I can hear both fire-trucks and helicopters overhead. We'll have more for you as this develops. To quote fellow staff-writer Brantley Hargrove, "I feel like my heart is breaking."

Update, 11:09 a.m.: A State Fair spokeswoman told Fox 4 the fire was seen coming from his neck and might have been "electrical in nature."

More photos below and video below:

Here's the first video we've seen of Big Tex burnin' down.

More photos below, including a really old, not-on-fire one.

Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair
Photo courtesy of Facebook user Brad Smith
Big Tex Burned Down Today at the State Fair
Photo courtesy of Twitter user misselaine0375
An photo of Big Tex from the State Fair archives.
An photo of Big Tex from the State Fair archives.

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