Family: Man, woman, and puppy beaten to death, fire breaks out in home two days later


The Kern County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the deaths of a young man and woman in Southeast Bakersfield over the weekend.

Two days after the bodies were discovered, first responders were back at the scene. This where things get strange.

The coroner’s office says the bodies of 24-year-old Celenna Sanchez and 27-year-old Jessie James John were found inside this home around 8 pm Saturday night. And today, as the sun came up, a fire broke out in the same house where the bodies were found two days earlier.

The fire this morning broke out in a back room of the house, according to the city fire department.A representative with the fire department told us someone clearly lives in the home, but no one was there when firefighters responded. They said arson investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire department says the investigation into the two bodies found earlier, and the fire are being handled separately. The cause of John and Sanchez’s deaths have not been released, but KCSO confirms homicide detectives are investigating.

Family told 17 News that Jessie James John owns the home, and he recently let his friend Celeena Sanchez move in with him. Family says the pair, along with a puppy, were beaten to death. They also say Sanchez had a baby about a month ago. Family confirms the baby was not in the home.

The sheriff’s department would not release any other information other than what was released from the coroner’s office late this afternoon. If the two deaths are confirmed as homicides, it will mark a grim milestone for Kern County. They will be the 89th and 90th homicides of the year, according to our homicide tracker, putting us on pace for a record year. 

This is a developing story we will continue to update. 

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