Stabilizing Almost Done at Fire-Damaged Texas Gov's Mansion

Austin, TX – Texas officials have almost finished stabilizing the fire-damaged Texas Governor's Mansion and hope to start restoration by early 2009.

Reporters were given a tour yesterday of portions of the historic home, which was nearly destroyed by a June 8 fire that's been labeled arson.

So far no arrests.

Dealey Herndon with the Texas Preservation Board says restoration efforts could take 2 1/2 years.

The mansion was under a $10 million renovation project when the fire started. Gov. Rick Perry and his family had already moved out.

First lady Anita Perry is leading a separate, private fund-raising effort for repairs that so far has raised about $1.85 million.

The tour revealed charred sections of the interior.

Upstairs, floors were damaged by water that sat six inches deep for days while the mansion was being treated as a crime scene.