TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A man found dead with his wife and two teenage children inside the million-dollar home they rented had bought fireworks days before the house was destroyed in an inferno, and a neighbor told a 911 dispatcher he heard firecrackers as the blaze burned.
Detectives have said they are not looking for suspects in the family's deaths but stopped short of calling it a murder-suicide. Fireworks were found in parts of the house, authorities said. However, it's not known exactly how the family died, who set the fire or what role the fireworks played in the blaze.
The home, which is owned by former tennis star James Blake, was engulfed in flames when firefighters responded Wednesday morning. Neighbors told police they heard explosions coming from it.
Blake was renting the house to the Campbell family and was not there at the time. Darrin Campbell had been an executive for several high-profile companies, including a senior vice president at PODS, a company that provides mobile, temporary shipping and storage containers.
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, Lambie said.
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.
Nineteen-year-old Colin Campbell was a talented baseball player who planned on graduating high school next month. His sister, 15-year-old Megan, took dance lessons.
"I've lost my entire family," Lambie said from his Michigan home. "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.