File Photo – Countryside Fire Protection District | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

Police say two victims died after they became trapped inside an apartment that caught on fire early Sunday morning in Vernon Hills.

The Vernon Hills Police Department and Countryside Fire Protection District responded around 3:15 a.m. Sunday to the 900 block of South Court of Shorewood in Vernon Hills.

Vernon Hills Police Department Public Information Officer Jeff Hemesath said a fire alarm was received at a multi-unit apartment building.

A 911 call was soon made to dispatch while crews were responding.

The caller reported there was a fire in the building and people were possibly trapped, Hemesath said.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy flames showing. Crews began searching for victims and located two adult victims.

Hemesath said one of the victims was found dead.

The second victim was transported to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville where they later died.

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The identities of the victims are unknown at this time, Hemesath said.

The fire was extinguished and the building was deemed uninhabitable.

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.

The American Red Cross is working to provide assistance to displaced residents.