The identities of two women who died in a fire in an apartment building early Sunday morning were released Monday afternoon, March 20, 2023. Also, separate gofundme accounts have been established to assist the families of each woman.
According to the Lake County Coroner’s Office, the deceased have been identified as 33-year-old Camille Lozano, of Vernon Hills, and 39-year-old Polly Jensen, also of Vernon Hills. On Monday, March 20, 2023, autopsies on both victims were completed at the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that both victims died from Thermal and Inhalational Injuries as a result of the apartment fire.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Countryside Fire Protection District, the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal, and the Vernon Hills Police Department.
2 GOFUNDME ACCOUNTS …
POLLY HOFF (JENSEN)
Early Sunday morning (3/19/2023), our family received a phone call that no one is ever prepared to get, notifying us that Polly Hoff (Jensen), the mother of my two nieces, Debbie (age 15) and Fiona – aka Max (age 12), tragically lost her life in an apartment fire in Vernon Hills, IL. She was the most gentle human, an extraordinarily strong person, and truly did everything she could to give her 2 daughters the best life ever.
Thankfully, Debbie and Fiona are unharmed physically, due to spending the weekend with their father, Jason Jensen (my brother), but the emotional toll, financial burden & trauma is unmeasurable. There are no words to describe what they are going through, and how much their lives changed today. Beyond losing their mother, who was their primary caregiver, they lost everything they owned and cherished. Our hearts are completely shattered.
This GoFundMe is being created to support Debbie and Fiona as we begin helping them put the pieces of their life back together. Unfortunately, they are currently in need of everything.
Thank you in advance for your love and support. Any tiny bit means the world.
Camille is selfless and leads a life of faith, good deeds and works hard to be the best mom and daughter. Camille leaves in this world a son who has a heart of gold and because of his mom, a vision for a future that’s within reach. We now need more help than ever to ensure that his future is secure. Even though Camille endured and lived with many physical ailments she always finds time to show her son how to give and take care of the less fortunate. Camille and Marcus have a long history of going to volunteer at food banks, soup kitchens and always lending a hand to strangers. Within her own family Camille looked after others offering her time and effort. Camille loves cooking for her mom and dad, loves home decor and most importantly loves her son Marcus.
We greatly appreciate any and all contributions and rest assured that your generosity will not go unnoticed. Camille will find a way from heaven to pay you all back. When you see that butterfly, when you see that dime on the street or that red cardinal bird rest assured it is Camille thanking you.
Two people died in an apartment fire on Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills early morning on Sunday, March 19, 2023 (CARDINAL NEWS). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Countryside Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics and Vernon Hills police officers responded about 3:15 a.m. Sunday, March 19, 2023 to an activated alarm and then multiple calls of an apartment fire in the block of 900 South Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills. Firefighters on arrival discovered smoke showing from the second and third floor with heavy fire conditions.
As crews were responding, a 911 call was received reporting a fire with the possibility of people trapped. One or two people were reported to be attempting to escape the fire on a third floor balcony on the west side of the building at the back of the building (south side). While working to extinguish the fire and searching for people, two victims were located. One adult victim was found deceased, and another adult victim was transported to Level 1 Trauma Center Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, where the person was pronounced dead. The identities of the victims were initially unknown, according to the Vernon Hills Police Department.
The fire incident was upgraded to a MABAS Division Box Alarm about 3:30 a.m. and a Second Level Box Alarm at about 4:09 a.m.
For the Box Alarm, firefighters, paramedics and/or command officers from Deerfield, Grayslake, Libertyville, Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District, Long Grove Fire Protection District, Mundelein, North Chicago, and Round Lake Fire Protection District were assigned to the scene. The Round Lake Fire Protection District ambulance was initially assigned change of quarters, but was immediately moved up to the scene.
Also for the Box Alarm, firefighters, paramedics and command officers from Buffalo Grove, Inverness, Lake Bluff, and Lake Forest were assigned to change of quarters.
For the Second Level Box Alarm, firefighters, paramedics, investigators and/or command officers from Arlington Heights, Gurnee, Lake Zurich, Palatine, Wauconda, Waukegan were assigned to were assigned to the scene.
The fire was extinguished, however the building is uninhabitable. The extra alarms were struck out at about 4:34 a.m.
The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Countryside Fire Protection District, Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the Vernon Hills Police Department.
The Red Cross is working to provide assistance to displaced occupants.
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