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Burning of Jeremy Mayfield’s former mansion canceled

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A chance of rain has forced the Catawba fire chief to cancel burning a vacant mansion previously owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield. (WSOC-TV)

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — A chance of rain has forced the Catawba fire chief to cancel burning a vacant mansion previously owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield.

WSOC-TV reported that the home was scheduled to be burned down Saturday morning as part of a training exercise, but it was canceled due to weather.

Mayfield was evicted from the property last year after financial troubles. He was banned from racing after testing positive for methamphetamine in 2009.

The 12,000-square-foot house was at one time reportedly valued at $1.8 million. The current property owners said they don’t want the house.

Burning it will take it off the tax books while providing training for firefighters. Fire officials said the training exercise has not currently been rescheduled.

Source: WSOC-TV


  • Koni Phillips

    Are you kidding me?! All the old nasty dilapidated houses and barns I see EVERY day and they are going to burn a flipping mansion?! Only in America!

    • Stephen Melton

      The house, had you bothered to look at the vid that was offered in the original story, is more than gutted…its not worth 50K the way it sits, but it would cost more than that to have it razed.
      To those that say, “all the homeless, etc, etc” it would be cheaper to build 10 new homes, more suited for the task at hand, than it would be to go make this home habitable at all…
      Comments like that are silly…lets spend more than the home was originally worth, so that it can look like this again in a few, lets let the new owners do with it what they want, in this case, get rid of it and start over.

  • Robert Rulesoforder

    Idiot you want to put homeless people in a meth house that belongs to someone else? Move to Cuba, they live pinko-commies.

  • Anonymous

    I love it when the rich show they’re amazing ability to waste resources beyond any other. Need more examples of this, look towards the D.C. area of the U.S.

    Repurposing the material instead of burning it to the ground would be a better use.

    Instead, they choose to burn it, pollute the air, and kill even more trees to rebuild. Most likely another 12k sq. ft. home to house 3 or 4 people.

    I wonder how many board feet would come out of deconstructing. Enough for 1,2,3+ homes?

    Oh… and don’t go down the road that the structural wood might be dangerous because Mr. Mayfield might have cooked meth in the home.

    It’s a moot point as elapsed time and open air conditions have allowed any dangerous residue to dissipate. This could be verified with a few simple tests in various locations within the structure.

    Truly pathetic show of American waste.

  • jean

    ……while the rest of us recyle our little bottles and can..Looks like alot of brick and cement,will this not go to the landfill?

  • willie boone

    Burning the house is idiotic. Even if the house has been gutted, there is a lot of useful timber and other materials that could be used again. Brick do not rot and are certainly reusable.

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