Report: ‘Unusual’ Fire Intentionally Set At James Blake’s Home


TAMPA, Fla. — Detectives were not looking for any suspects in the deaths of a family found inside a burning Tampa home, but authorities stopped short of calling the case a murder-suicide, police said Thursday.

Authorities have said they believe the fire at the five-bedroom home was intentionally set. They have not said how it started.

The home, which is owned by former tennis star James Blake, was engulfed in flames when firefighters responded Wednesday morning. Blake was renting the house to the Campbell family and was not there at the time.

Kimberly Campbell’s father, Gordon Lambie, described the family as close-knit and successful. Darrin Campbell had moved to Tampa more than 10 years ago to take a job with a glass container manufacturer and held a couple of other jobs before his father-in-law said he had taken the past year off work. Lambie didn’t say why Campbell wasn’t working.

Darrin Campbell was volunteering at his children’s private school, Carrollwood Day School, as the treasurer, an unpaid position. Kimberly Campbell was a stay-at-home mother, Lambie said from his home in Michigan.

Nineteen-year-old Colin Campbell was a talented baseball player who planned on graduating high school next month, and his sister, 15-year-old Megan, took dance lessons.

“I’ve lost my entire family,” Lambie said. “It’s very tough right now because I’m 1,500 miles away.”

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Col. Donna Lusczynski described the fire as unusual and said there were “various fireworks” throughout the home. Two victims suffered from upper-body trauma, but Lusczynski didn’t indicate which ones or provide other details. She also said no weapons had been found.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie Carter said autopsies were being performed Thursday.

“We are not looking for any suspects, not at this point in the investigation,” she said.

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