No suspects have been identified, but fireworks were found
throughout the house, said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department. She said the home was
Investigators have confirmed that Blake rented the property to
someone else and was not there when firefighters arrived, police
"James was not in Florida yesterday. The house does belong to
him, but it is rented," said Jennifer Bozzelli, a spokeswoman
for IMG sports agency, which represents Blake.
A 911 caller reported an explosion and fire at the home at 5:45
a.m, a sheriff's department statement said. The house, in the
exclusive Avila Golf and Country Club, continued to smolder
Investigators from the sheriff's department and the county fire
marshal were trying to determine the cause of the blaze and how
the four people died, officials said. The sheriff's department
is still trying to identify the bodies.
Blake, 34, who retired in 2013, reached the semi-finals at the
2008 Beijing Olympics.
(Editing by Kevin Gray, James Dalgleish, Mary Wisniewski and
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