The Texas home of former UT Austin standout and NFL safety Earl Thomas burned on Thursday, and officials suspect lightning sparked the blaze.
The home, in Orange, Texas, near the Louisiana border, is believed to be a total loss. Pictures shared by a local news outlet show the house fully engulfed in flames.
Orange Fire Chief Payton Smith told Beaumont’s Fox 4 that Thomas was home at the time of the fire but escaped unharmed. There were no injuries reported.
Currently a free agent, Thomas, 33, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2019. The Baltimore Ravens released Thomas from training camp for “personal conduct” in 2020 after he got into a fight with a teammate. Prior to that, he played nine seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, in that time making six Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams and winning the Super Bowl. He was a core member of the team’s Legion of Doom defense.
Thomas played high school football in Orange, and he played for the Longhorns from 2007 to 2009.
In May 2022, Thomas was arrested in Texas after a warrant was issued over an alleged violation of a protective order.
The arrest warrant was issued in Austin, Texas. Police said Thomas violated a court order by sending threatening messages to a woman about her and her children, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.