Family had 'Fireworks Strapped to Head' in Mansion of Tennis Star James Blake

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Flames engulf a house owned by former tennis pro James Blake in this handout photograph provided by the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office in Tampa, Florida May 7, 2014.

A family of four found dead in a burnt-out mansion owned by former tennis star James Blake had "fireworks wrapped around their heads," it has been claimed.

The victims -- who have reportedly been identified by police as Darrin Campbell, his wife Kimberly and teenage children Colin and Megan -- died after a fire ravaged a million-dollar home they were renting from Blake in Tampa, Florida.

Blake, who was ranked one of the world's top players in 2006, was believed to be at his Connecticut home at the time.

ABC reporter Meredyth Censullo tweeted that the victims "had gunshot wounds to the head," and later said a source believed they had "heavy duty fireworks wrapped around their heads." Police, however, said it was too early to determine whether the fire was suspicious, adding that it was still under investigation.
 
Darrin Campbell was reportedly found dead on the floor and Kimberley in a bed. It is not known where the children were found. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue crews rushed to the scene when the fire broke out before 6 a.m. Wednesday.
 
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Cpl. Donna Lusczynski told the Tampa Tribune it may be days before detectives can enter the charred premises and officially identify the victims.
 
Blake, who retired from tennis in 2013 after a 14-year career, purchased the home in Avila, a gated luxury community in Tampa, for $1.5 million in 2005, according to Hillsborough County property records.
 
by Samantha Payne, IBTimes UK

 

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