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Bodies Found In Burning Mansion of Ex-Fairfield Tennis Star

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James Blake (Photo Credit:  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

James Blake (Photo Credit: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Officials say firefighters have found three bodies in a burning mansion owned by a former tennis star near Tampa.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez says the home is owned by James Blake.

She says neighbors have told detectives that Blake hasn’t lived in the house for a while and was renting it out.

She also says detectives haven’t talked with Blake yet.

Blake’s agent, Carlos Fleming, says the former tennis player is not in Florida.

Authorities say the fire was reported to them at 6 a.m. Firefighters were still on the scene midmorning Wednesday.

Nunez says detectives don’t yet know how the people died inside the home, in a gated community north of downtown Tampa.

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