Presidential Home Arson (Dec. 27th, 2007)

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The fire may be out but the search is heating up for the person responsible for setting the former home of President George W. Bush, in Odessa.
Fire crews found parts of the home in flames early Thursday morning, and they say it was no accident.

"This is sad, this is tampering with history," said Jim Espinosa who stopped by the Museum on his way to Big Bend.

Museum officials say it took hundreds of volunteers to move the 800 sq. foot home back in 2004.

"My first reaction when I saw it was to drop on my knees and just cry," said Lettie England, administrator at the Presidential Museum, who says her second reaction was to access the damage and create a plan,"Fortunately it can be repaired, there is a lot of work to do, so that's what we are going to focus on today."

The fire gnawed through most of the front door and parts of the living room. The Christmas theme setup for the holiday is covered in soot. The Museum has a crew from Albuquerque headed out Friday afternoon to restore the furniture inside the home during the fire.

"It's sad that something like that would happen. They ought to pay," said Espinosa.