Fire At Home Of Westport Tennis Star James Blake Ruled A Murder-Suicide

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

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The deadly fire in a Tampa, Fla., house owned by Westport resident and retired tennis star James Blake was a murder-suicide by arson, according to the New York Daily News.

Blake, who grew up in Faifield, had rented out the home for a year to Darrin and Kimberly Campbell and their teenage son and daughter, according to the article. Darrin Campbell was reportedly the treasurer of a Tampa-area private school.

Fireworks had been set throughout the house and two bodies were found to have upper body trauma before the fire was set, the story said. 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. 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.

Blake was born in Yonkers, N.Y., 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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