A local mansion goes up in flames on purpose. People in Sarpy County got quite a show Sunday afternoon as the former Kush Mansion was burned to the ground as a training exercise for Gretna Firefighters.
9-year-old Alex Goff and family watched, as his dad and more than 40 other firefighters started and put out the blaze.
“It's just been burning and collapsing and just lots and lots of fire,” said Goff. “They started lighting it with matches and did some training things.”
Firefighters used the $3 million, 14,000 square foot mansion as a training opportunity.
“It's a little scary but it's also not scary. Because you know he's wearing all the fire protective gear,” said Goff.
Teresa Goff brought her boys here early to watch early Sunday morning. She enjoyed watching it happened up close but said it was sad to see such an expensive home go up in flames.
“It looked beautiful from the outside but just a $3 million house and it's gone,” said Goff.
“It was like a big echo, almost like thunder, kind of sounded like it just rolled and rolled and rolled,” said Goff.
The house had five bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, a gym, and sauna and basketball court.
The property's was built in 1997. Kush paid $3 million for it. Then, after several of his business ventures failed, he sold the home in 2008 for $1.6 million. It was donated to Catholic Charities in hopes to open a youth home. But that never happened and in 2010 it was sold to an Elkhorn developer for $612,000.
It’s unclear what will be built on the property but the owner hopes it will make room for new development.