Cal Fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire at Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park in downtown Sacramento.
A California State Park ranger discovered a small, extinguished fire just outside the carriage house around 1 p.m. Sunday, according to a Cal Fire news release.
Cal Fire investigators found debris on a hand cart that had caught fire with several exploded butane and propane canisters nearby, according to the release. The fire damaged the mansion’s exterior paint but not the structure.
The governor’s mansion, at 1526 H St., was closed when the fire occurred. Although the fire appears suspicious, investigators do not know the cause, according to Cal Fire.
The park has been closed since January 1 for renovations. The $2.5 million project, which will upgrade the building’s plumbing, electrical, fire suppression, heating and air conditioning systems, is expected to be finished sometime this year.
The mansion, built in 1877, has not housed a governor since then-governor Ronald Reagan and his family moved out after three months into his first term in 1967.
Anyone who has information or observed suspicious activity at the historic governor’s mansion on Sunday is asked to call Cal Fire’s arson hotline at (800) 468-4408.
Call The Bee’s Brad Branan, (916) 321-1065. Follow him on Twitter @BradB_at_SacBee.