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Arson suspected in Texas Governor's Mansion fire

AUSTIN (AP) - Authorities say there is evidence of arson in a four-alarm fire that partly destroyed the historic Texas Governor's Mansion.

Robert Black, a spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry, says a criminal investigation is underway into the fire that began early Sunday. He would not go into detail about the evidence.

The fire left most of the 152-year-old home charred and inflicted damage that Black described as "bordering on catastrophic." About 100 firefighters responded when an alarm when off just before 2 a.m.

No one was inside at the time. Perry and his wife, Anita, temporarily moved out last fall when the mansion began a $10 million renovation that was scheduled to be completed this spring.

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