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Neighbors 'Glad' Mansion Burned Down

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- A million dollar mansion under construction burned to the ground. Surprisingly, many neighbors say they are happy.

It happened early Sunday morning at the intersection of Westmoreland Street and Haycock in Falls Church. 

"I think a lot of people are secretly, or not even that secretly, glad," said one neighbor.

Neighbors say the home used to be three and a half stories, and towered over all the other homes in the community. And they say it's been under construction for three years attracting homeless and vandals.

Lynn and Wayne Heinrichs live next door. They say they were excited to see the home almost completed. But when it caught fire it jeopardized their home.

"I just saw a wall of fire coming right at us," said Lynn. "It was so hot, it melted the gas meter."




Investigators plan to continue sifting through the debris Tuesday. While neighbor suspect arson, investigators are giving no indications about what may have caused the fire until their investigation is complete.

Fire officials say the mansion is a total loss and estimate the damage at one million dollars.