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Fire Destroys Texas Home of Former All-Pro Earl Thomas

The house of former NFL safety Earl Thomas III in Orange County, Texas, caught fire and burned down Thursday.

Fire chief Matt Manshack said the house was too far gone to save when firefighters got there.

“When we arrived on scene the guys, the firefighter crew went in [and] found heavy fire conditions in that corner. We’re unable to get it under control quickly. With the size of the structure the choice was made by them to go ahead and pull out and just go defensive with it,” Manshack said, via 12 News Now.

Officials have not yet determined a cause of the fire, but haven’t ruled out lightning as a possibility.

Thomas last played for the Ravens in 2019, but he told ESPN’s Adam Schefter in April that he wanted to pursue an NFL comeback. Thomas played 10 total years in the NFL, nine for the Seahawks and one for Baltimore.

In May, Thomas was arrested for violating a protective order multiple times within 12 months when he allegedly sent threatening text messages to a woman reported to be his ex-wife about her and her children.

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