Pictures: 'Sausage Castle' fire deemed suspicious

By Stephanie Bechara, Digital Media Producers, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6:42 PM EST

The "Sausage Castle" — an Osceola County home known for wild parties by reality TV personality and Gary Busey's nephew, Mike Busey — was destroyed in a massive fire early Wednesday morning.

  • 'Sausage Castle' fire deemed suspicious
  • No one was injured in the flames
  • Sausage Castle was facing foreclosure and demolition  

Authorities deemed the fire suspicious. According to Osceola County Fire Rescue, the building had no power or running water, and no one had been living there for months.

The county said no one was injured.

An excavator cleared out rubble and water was hosed on the remains of the building Wednesday.

Mike King, who lives close by, said he heard some activity at around 4 a.m.

“I woke up to go to the bathroom and saw all the red lights lighting up the neighborhood,” King said. “So I peeked out the door and saw the fire trucks, police cars and everything. I thought something went down again.”

In 2012, Osceola County Sheriff's deputies arrested Michael Ward after they say he was illegally selling alcohol at a party he threw at his St. Cloud home. Ward goes by the name Mike Busey and describes himself as an entertainment promoter who owns what he calls "The Wildest House in America."

Busey has had complaints against him for public nuisance and structural issues with Osceola County in the past. He held “wild parties to the point where buses would be lined up on the street,” King said. The place seemed unkept with beer cans, bottles, graffiti and other trash left behind. The property is also littered with bullets.

Osceola County said Busey owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

Busey said he moved out in October and hasn’t lived there since. But Busey, who lived there 10 years, said St. Cloud won’t ever be the same.

“I’ve had some of the coolest rock star moments you could possibly imagine. Now this little town destroyed the only thing that was cool about it,” Busey said. 

Neighbors said they aren't sorry to see the frequent party-house go.

"A lot of the neighbors have lived here for a long time, and they used to have to deal with a lot," Melina Ball said. "I know they used to have cars up and down the street, and the people who would go to the parties would throw trash all over the neighborhood. So I am sure they've dealt with a lot, and they're glad that it's gone."

The Sausage Castle was facing foreclosure and demolition. Meanwhile, Busey said the party won’t stop: He now has a multi-million dollar home in Lake County on 80 acres of land. He’s calling it Sausage Castle No. 8.

The state fire marshal is investigating Wednesday's fire.