Police: Fire that destroyed Blake's home, killed four, was intentional
A fire that destroyed the Florida home of former tennis star James Blake and left four people dead, was intentional, police said on Wednesday.
UPDATE/PHOTO: Photo from fire scene at 16223 Sierra de Avila. pic.twitter.com/opmKz1oxJq— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) May 7, 2014
The early-morning fire set at the Florida mansion of retired tennis star James Blake was intentional, the police said on Wednesday, after four bodies were found in the remains of the home.
Two adults and two teenagers were killed, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff Col. Donna Lusczynski, who also noted that no weapons were found and that a murder-suicide could potentially be in play. She also noted that there were numerous fireworks throughout the home, which authorities believe may have hastened the flames. The scene was described as "unusual" by investigators.
"We are not looking for a suspect," Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department, said. "The fire was set intentionally, and there were fireworks placed throughout the house."
Former tennis star James Blake had been renting the mansion out to a family for the last two years and wasn’t there during the fire. He wasn’t even in Florida, according to his agent who spoke to the Associated Press.
The home was apparently rented to the Campbell family, voter registration showed, but authorities hadn’t confirmed the identification of the bodies.
Blake reportedly bought the five-bedroom, five-bathroom home for $1.5 million in 2005 in an exclusive community near Tampa. The tennis star retired following the 2013 U.S. Open.
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