CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. (WSOC) -- Inclement weather has forced officials to cancel the burning of Jeremy Mayfield’s former mansion, Eyewitness News learned Friday.
The $2 million dollar mansion once owned by Mayfield, a former NASCAR driver, was scheduled to be burned to the ground this Saturday by the Catawba Fire Department as a training exercise.
Mayfield was evicted from the property last year after financial troubles stemming from a failed drug test in 2009 that banned him from racing.
Firefighters said Thursday that rain wouldn't cancel the burn, but on Friday changed their minds.
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.
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."
Channel 9 will provide updates when the burning is rescheduled.