Reward in Governor’s Mansion Fire

In Austin, state investigators have offered a $50 thousand dollar reward for

information leading to an arrest in the recent fire that did heavy damage to the

Texas Governor’s Mansion. Jim Bell reports.

News of the reward comes from the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and spokesman John Greeley.

“There has been a 50 thousand dollar reward offered to the Texas Crime Stoppers Program, and this reward is for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the arson fire at the Governor’s Mansion.”

Greeley says surveillance video at the mansion shows a man in the act of starting the fire with something along the lines of a Molotov cocktail. He says all they know about the man is what they see on the video.

“And that description is a white male, approximately five-nine to six feet one in height, wearing what appears to be a ball-cap, a green T-shirt over a long sleeved similarly colored Henley style shirt, work-type gloves, blue jeans or cargo style pants, and brown lace boots. We do not know anything else about the person at this time.”

Greeley says the State Fire Marshall isn’t ready to release the surveillance video to the media just yet, but they’re hoping the general physical description might jog someone’s memory of seeing someone in the vicinity of the mansion the night of the fire.

“People should call Crimestoppers at 1-800-893-8477. That’s 1-800-893-TIPS.”

Governor Rick Perry has pledged to rebuild the mansion, that was built in the 1850s, and is one of the state’s most historic structures.

Jim Bell, KUHF, Houston Public Radio News.