Police: Fire at ex-tennis star’s Tampa, Fla., home where 4 bodies were found was intentionally se
TAMPA (FOX 13) –Four people were found dead after a destructive fire ripped through a million-dollar home in the exclusive Tampa community of Avila early Wednesday morning, possibly set to cover up a crime.
The sheriff’s office says the blaze started around 5:45 a.m., which is about when a neighbor called 911 to report an explosion.
“I was walking my dogs and I walked by the house and it exploded,” the frantic caller told the dispatcher.
As firefighters arrived to battle the flames, they found two bodies inside the home on Sierra De Avila. A third victim was discovered not long after.
The severity of the wind-whipped flames eventually drove firefighters back. There were also reports of gunshots, but officials said those could have been a result of commercial-grade fireworks that were found inside the house.
Various hotspots continued sparking into the late morning hours, making it difficult for investigators to gather any information.
“(The fire) is destroying potential evidence to tell us what may have happened, what may have led to this fire,” HSCO Col. Donna Lusczynski said as the home continued to smolder nearby.
Around 1 p.m., a fourth body was found.
All victims were found in their respective bedrooms, deputies said. Two of them appeared to have suffered “upper body trauma