Coroner Identifies Man Killed in Lake Forest Garage Fire

Preliminary findings indicate his death is attributed to the fire.” Dr. Howard Cooper, Lake County Coroner

by Tina Johansson

A body found by Lake Forest Police and Lake Forest Fire fighters who were dispatched to a garage fire in the 700 block of Waveland Road Sunday has been identified.

On Tuesday morning, Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper performed an autopsy to find the deceased – John Marshall, 39, had died due to the fire.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and is under investigation.

“Preliminary findings indicate his death is attributed to the fire,” said Dr. Cooper in a news release on Tuesday.

When firefighters rushed to the scene March 5 at about 11:26 a.m. they saw light smoke coming from the garage. The fire was extinguished within three minutes, they said. Firefighters, however, found a man dead in the garage. There were no other injuries, according to Lake Forest Police which launched an investigation.

Damage to the garage was estimated at $1,000. There was no structural damage to the home.

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