** Note: the burning of this home has been cancelled by the fire department because of a threat of rain. Also, the home was declared unsafe for the firefighters. The new owner, though, still plans to have the house either burned or torn down. **
What remains of a Catawba County, N.C., mansion formerly owned former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Jeremy Mayfield is slated to be burned to the ground Saturday as a part of training for area firefighters, according to a recent report from WSOC-TV in Charlotte.
The home, which was built in the 1990s, was, at one time, valued at nearly $1.8 million. Because of deterioration in recent years, the value of the 12,000-square-foot house as dropped to an estimated $300,000. The new owner no longer wants the home, and its burning will remove it from the tax books while also providing firefighter training.
Mayfield bought the home and the surrounding property for $3.8 million in 2006 with plans for renovation. He later was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR competition for methamphetamine use. The legal fight with NASCAR that followed and arrests for meth possession and stolen property brought the renovation work to a stop and, ultimately, led to foreclosure on the home.
– Photo courtesy of WSOC-TV