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James Blake House Explosion

PANICKED 911 CALL

'The House Just Exploded'

5/7/2014 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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3:30 PM PT -- Officials say the deceased is a family of 4 -- two adults, 2 teenagers. 

Officials also say the fire appears to have been set deliberately -- and there is "upper body trauma on two of the victims."
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The woman who reported the fire at the home owned by tennis great James Blake told the 911 operator that it "just exploded" while she was out walking her dog ... saying, "It's just so horrible."

The caller -- clearly panicked -- told the operator there were definitely people inside the residence when the home blew up around 5:40 AM on Wednesday morning -- "a husband a wife and two or three kids."

The caller added, "This is so scary ... oh my god."

The caller says she ran home to call for help.

Emergency personnel arrived a short time later  -- and discovered 4 bodies. 

The identities of the victims have not been revealed. Cops are investigating. For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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1.

Mary P    

Our local news has stated from the start that the owners of the home are not the ones who lived there. The house is still on fire to an extent. The house is in an affluent Avila neighborhood in Tampa.

85 days ago
2.

Rigby    

Woah That's so horrible :(

85 days ago
3.

Mary P    

Seriously, you could at least note he isn't there.

"Neighbors told detectives that Blake hasn't lived in the house for a while and was renting it out.

Blake was in Connecticut at the time of the fire and was told Wednesday morning about the tragedy."

85 days ago
4.

(◉_◉) Brush Your Teeth (◉_◉)    

"The house just exploded,with my Meth stash inside"

85 days ago
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Cookie Lady    

I hope the real tapes have better sound than that.

85 days ago
6.

Captain Obvious    

Prayers go out to anyone harmed.

85 days ago
7.

She's baaaack    

This is a major big-ass story here in Tampa. I think it's going to be a drug thing but it was kind of awful no matter how it plays out.

85 days ago
8.

Lucky_130    

Was this a house that was owned by Donald Sterling?

85 days ago
9.

Skit    

Why couldnt this be the KarTrashian home blowing up with everyone trapped inside? Why god why???????

85 days ago
10.

boo boo    

How awful!!!

85 days ago
11.

Repeter    

Why does it take so long for a 911 operator to tell a caller that they notified the emergency responders? Of course the caller is going to continue to be panicked & frantic if they don't know that help is already on the way & the operator is just trying to get more information.

85 days ago
12.

boo boo    

Wait a minute....it's not James Blake and his family? Tmz, that's really mean! Still tragic, but completely changes the dynamic with a misleading headline!

85 days ago
13.

zombie    

Quit trying to make this about Blake. First he was NOT a tennis great. He never won a grand slam and retired with an almost even record of wins/losses. Quit acting like he was on par with actual tennis greats. Second-He was renting the home out. It was not as if he was there or involved in any way other than being an owner.

85 days ago
14.

BIEBER GO HOME!!! ▬(~_-)▬►    

Why - Why -Why - Why -Why - Why .....


Couldn't it have been Bieber?

85 days ago
15.

Jerry    

911 operators are perhaps the stupidest people on earth.

85 days ago
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