Fire At Home Of Westchester Tennis Star James Blake Ruled As Murder-Suicide

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A fire at a home owned by Yonkers native and retired tennis star James Blake is being ruled as a murder-suicide arson.
A fire at a home owned by Yonkers native and retired tennis star James Blake is being ruled as a murder-suicide arson. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A fire in Tampa, Fla., that killed two adults and two teenagers in a home owned by Yonkers native, Westport, Conn. resident and retired tennis star James Blake is being ruled as a murder-suicide arson by officials, according to the New York Daily News.

The home had been rented out by Blake to Darrin and Kimberly Campbell and their teenaged son and daughter, according to the article. Darrin Campbell was reportedly the treasurer of a Tampa-area private school.

Fireworks were reportedly set throughout the house and two bodies were found to have upper body trauma before the fire was set. The exact cause of death of the four victims has yet to be determined.

Blake did not live at the home and was not there when the fire broke out at about 6 a.m. on Wednesday. There were five bedrooms and five bathrooms in the home, which had 5,856 square feet of living space and was valued at $1.5 million, according to the article.

Blake was born in Yonkers, played throughout high school in Fairfield and now lives with his family in Westport.

His career as a singles player ended last year in a five-set, first-round loss at the U.S. Open. Blake was also inducted into the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame last year.

Click here to read the full New York Daily News report.

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