5:45 AM PT -- 8/12 -- Firefighters were able to put out the flames at Thomas' home, but officials at the scene told reporters the residence is believed to be a "total loss" following the blaze.
Thomas and other family members were reportedly at the home when the fire began, though they took off a short time later. They're all believed to be completely unharmed and safe.
UPDATE | Chief Matt Manshack with Little Cypress Fire, Orange Co. ESD 3 tells 12News no one was inside the home of Earl Thomas at the time of the fire. He says they're not ruling out lightning as the cause. https://t.co/KL8neky52ypic.twitter.com/J3A9HmrL7G
In the photos, you can see multiple firefighters are working to put out the blaze ... though the brush and trees surrounding the residence are reportedly making it difficult for them to knock down all of the flames.