Home of former Husker called a total loss after fire

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Gretna, Neb. (WOWT) Authorities say a Gretna home belonging to former Nebraska football player Aaron Graham was completely destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning.

The Fire Marshal's office will investigate but authorities have said the fire appears to have been caused by a lightning strike.

Firefighters from eight jurisdictions were called to the scene near 7500 South 240th Street. They were hampered by the storm that was pushing through at the time. Winds whipped the flames.

Everyone inside was able to make it safely out of the home.

Graham was a captain on the 1995 National Championship team. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

Graham House Fire

A neighbor told a WOWT 6 News crew that she heard the lightning strike and then heard what she called "explosions" as the morning went on.

Fire crews were on the scene by 5 a.m. as plumes of black smoke rose up from the burning home and drifted over the rural countryside.

Neighbor Crystal Young took several photos shortly after the fire broke out. You can see the blaze that met first responders and prompted the call for help from neighboring jurisdictions.

Water had to be trucked to the scene.