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Four dead in suspected murder-suicide in Bella Vista

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BELLA VISTA, Calif. - Two men and two women were found dead in a house fire in Bella Vista that investigators now suspect is the result of a murder/suicide.

According to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, Cal Fire was dispatched to a structure fire in the 11000 block of Bella Vista Court, in Bella Vista on Sunday at approximately 5:00 p.m.

When firefighters arrived at the scene they found one deceased person inside the home, but as a result of the fire, the majority of the roof had collapsed, covering the inside of the home with attic and roofing material.

Once inside firefighters found the bodies four deceased adults, two dogs and a cat.

One man and one woman was found in the living room with gunshot wounds and a small caliber handgun was found near the woman.

The other man and woman were found in the bedroom, also with gunshot wounds. One of the dogs was found with a gunshot wound as well.

A neighbor said a mother and father all lived in the home with their adult son and his wife. He said before the fire started, he heard a single gunshot and assumed nothing of it. But after that, he saw that the home was on fire and tried to put it out. He said fire crews arrived ten minutes later.

Shasta County Sheriff's Sergeant Brian Jackson said they have been on this investigation since Sunday night and that investigators are processing more evidence found inside the house Monday.

Information on the location and amount of the gunshot wounds is pending final autopsies. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit believes that based on the evidence, the deaths are being suspected as a murder/suicide.

Cal Fire is conducting an investigation to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Both agencies are working together and will continue processing the crime scene.

The identities of the deceased may be released after next of kin are notified and autopsies are completed.

Anyone with information about this is urged to contact the Shasta County Office Major Crimes Unit.

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