4 Bodies Found in Burning Florida Home Belonging to Tennis Star James Blake

Bodies found in burning home in upscale neighborhood near Tampa

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    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
    Firefighters responded to the home at 16223 Sierra de Avila around 5:45 a.m.

    A family of four was killed in a fire at a former tennis star's Florida home early Wednesday that authorities say was intentionally set.

    The bodies of four people, two adults and two teenagers, were found inside the charred remnants of a home in an upscale neighborhood near Tampa early Wednesday morning.

    Authorities said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon that the scene of the fire was "unusual," and that detectives found "various fireworks" throughout the home.

    Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski said two of the bodies found appeared to have "upper body trauma" but gave no further details.

    Officials don't yet know how the fire, which erupted around 5:45 a.m. at a home located at 16223 Sierra de Avila., was set.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office confirmed the house belongs to tennis star James Blake. A representative for Blake's sports management company said he no longer lives in the home.

    The 34-year-old veteran of the professional tennis circuit, who announced plans to retire following the U.S. Open last year, now lives in his home state of Connecticut, according to Molly Logan of the sports management company IMG.

    Hillsbrough County Fire said they initially found two bodies, but later in the morning found a third body. Around 1 p.m., fire officials said they discovered a fourth body inside the home.

    The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said two of the victims had upper body trauma, but didn't disclose what type of trauma it was. The two adults were found in one bedroom of the home and the two teens were found in separate bedrooms.

    Fire officials said the type of fireworks and where they were found is unknown.