CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - The forecast for Saturday calls for rain all day, but firefighters said that won't stop them from burning down Jeremy Mayfield's former mansion.
Channel 9 got an exclusive look Wednesday into the 12,000-square-foot home in Catawba County.
The current property owner said they don't want the house.
Jeremy Mayfield's $1.3M mansion to be burned down
Burning it will take it off the tax books while providing training for firefighters.
Mayfield lost the home and property after financial troubles and drug charges.
He called Channel 9 Wednesday night and said he doesn't plan to watch the $2 million home burn to the ground.
Mayfield tagged WSOC-TV in a tweet Thursday saying, "Hate 2 see our previous residence burned down however, I've always loved a good bonfire. Out of the ashes a Phoenix will rise @WSOC_TV."
Neighbors said Mayfield tried to renovate the home, but when he was banned from racing and arrested for possession of meth and stolen property work on the home came to an abrupt halt.
Catawba Fire Chief Donald Robinson remembers it when it was first built back in the 1990's.
"It was beautiful and to see it like this is a shame," Robinson said.
Now Robinson will oversee the controlled burn.
Channel 9 will be there on Saturday to bring you video of the fire.
We will have full coverage on wsoctv.com.
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