Saturday burning of Mayfield’s former house is canceled

12/13/2013 1:01 PM

12/13/2013 7:19 PM

The scheduled Saturday burning of a Catawba County house once owned by former NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield has been canceled because of expected rain.

Donald Robinson, chief of the Catawba Volunteer Fire Department, said the practice drill at Mayfield’s former house had not been rescheduled.

Mayfield and his wife were evicted from the house in November 2012 after the home went into foreclosure. The Mayfields purchased the 12,000-square foot mansion in 2006 for $3.8 million. The mansion, with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, is in the 6300 block of Hudson Chapel Road.

Mayfield has been suspended from NASCAR after failing a drug test in 2009.

Robinson said the house was in such bad shape that firefighters couldn’t conduct any of the practice drills inside.

“It’s been gutted, and not by us or the current owner,” he said.

The new owner doesn’t want to keep the structure and it will either be burned or torn down, Robinson said.

Crystal Shook, who lives across the street from the property, said “it was a very beautiful place at one time.”

When Mayfield bought the property it appeared he was preparing to remodel the main house, but “nothing ever happened,” Shook said.

She said Mayfield never lived in the mansion but in a brick ranch-style residence on the property.

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