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Former Texas home Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas Authorities said the fire Thursday was a “total loss” according to multiple reports after reports of being struck by lightning.
Thomas, who last played with the Baltimore Ravens in 2019, was at home with two family members at his residence in Orange, Texas, when he heard a “popping sound” and saw smoke in the home Thursday evening, Orange Fire Department Deputy Chief Payton said. Smith told FOX4 Beaumont.
Pictures of the home showed the fire started near the southeast corner of the Thomas home, 12NewsNow reported. Firefighters were forced to withdraw due to intense flames and smoke and worked in “defensive mode” to bring the fire under control, officials told the outlet.
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No cause has been confirmed, but fire officials are reportedly not ruling out the possibility of lightning striking the home.
Smith told FOX4 that half of the home collapsed and the home was a “total loss” after Thursday’s fire.
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Thomas was a Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowler Released by Raven in 2020 After getting into a fight with a teammate during offseason training.
He is Played for the Seahawks from 2010-2018 but never took the field again for Seattle after raising his middle finger at head coach Pete Carroll while walking off the field with a leg injury in Week 4 of the 2018 season.
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In May, Thomas was arrested after violating a protective order by sending threatening messages about a woman and her children.
Thomas, who is currently a free agent, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter in April that he was “ready” to resume his NFL career.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.