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In Downtown Austin, the Governor's Mansion Now Lies in Smoldering Ruins

The Texas Governor's Mansion, at it looked till an early-morning fire today
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The construction of the Texas Governor's Mansion in downtown Austin was completed on June 14, 1856. Almost 152 years later to the day, the structure at the corner of 10th and Lavaca Streets is a smoldering shell of its former self following a "catastrophic" early-morning blaze that's destroyed the state landmark. The Austin American-Statesman reports at this hour that the Austin Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal's office are still trying to determine what caused the fire; The Dallas Morning News is reporting that it was deliberately set. Below, some amateur video taken on the scene early this morning, in which smoke can be seen filling downtown Austin. --Robert Wilonsky

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