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  • 8 May 2014, 10:00

Deadly Fire At Tennis Star James Blake's Home

A family-of-four have died in a fire which police say was started deliberately at the Florida home of a former tennis star.

Two adults and two teenage children were killed in the $1.5m mansion, north of Tampa, belonging to former World No. 4 James Blake.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Colonel Donna Lusczynski said two of the bodies appeared to have "upper-body trauma" - and that murder-suicide was a possibility.

She said the scene was "unusual", adding there were "various fireworks" throughout the property.

An investigation has been launched to determine how the blaze started.

The family had been renting the five-bedroom house from Blake for the past two years.

The bodies of those killed are yet to be positively identified, officials said.

However, voter registration records identified the couple renting the property as Darrin Campbell and his wife, Kimberley.

Mr Campbell was the treasurer of Carrollwood Day School, a private school attended by his children Colin and Megan, according to former neighbour George Connley.

The family members' bodies were all found in their bedrooms.

Mr Connleysaid: "They were a very nice family, we know nothing of any problems. The kids were outstanding children."

Mr Campbell had held a number of senior jobs with firms including mobile storage container business PODS and insurance company IVAMS.

Blake, 34, retired from professional tennis last year.

He was not at the property when the fire broke out at 6am(local time) on Wednesday.

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