James Blake mansion fire: Four dead in blaze at house owned by tennis star

The former professional tennis player had rented out the home in Florida

Four people have died in a blaze, started by fireworks, at a Florida mansion belonging to former tennis player James Blake.

The victims were described as two adults and two teenagers by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office.

Colonel Donna Lusczynski said that the fire, which started at about 6am local time on Wednesday, was unusual.

Several fireworks were found throughout the home in Tampa Bay and two of the victims had “upper-body trauma”, she said.

Police did not give any more details of their injuries, but said a murder-suicide was possible.

The teenagers' bodies were found in their respective bedrooms and the two adults were in one bedroom, Ms Lusczynski said.

Mr Blake did not live at the home and had been renting it out for the last two years.

James Blake at the Sony Open tennis tournament in 2013. James Blake at the Sony Open tennis tournament in 2013. His agent, Carlos Fleming, said the tennis player was not in Florida and declined to comment further.

Mr Blake, 34, reached a career-high world ranking of four in 2006 and retired from professional tennis last year.

He also started a charity, the James Blake Foundation, dedicated to cancer research in memory of his father, who died of gastric cancer.

Police said the remains had not been formally identified, but named the adults who had been renting the home as Darrin Campbell and his wife, Kimberly.

Meredith Censullo, a TV reporter at the scene said on Twitter that sources had told her that the victims had "heavy duty fireworks wrapped around their heads".

A former neighbour, George Connley, said Mr Campbell was the treasurer of Carrollwood Day School, a private school attended by the Campbell's teenage children, Colin and Megan.

“They were a very nice family, we know nothing of any problems,” he said. “The kids were outstanding children. This is very difficult to put our arms around.”

He described Mrs Campbell as “sophisticated and classy”.

Mr Blake bought the 6,000 sq foot home in the wealthy Avila area for $1.5 million (£885,000) in 2005, according to Hillsborough County property records.

It had five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Video footage of the fire showed it completely engulfed in flames.

Additional reporting by AP

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