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Man found dead in house fire had been shot; woman drowned in lake

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Firefighters on Dogwood Lane in Glen Carbon (Credit: KMOV) Firefighters on Dogwood Lane in Glen Carbon (Credit: KMOV)
Skyzoom4 over fatal house fire in Glen Carbon on Dogwood Lane Thursday (Credit: KMOV) Skyzoom4 over fatal house fire in Glen Carbon on Dogwood Lane Thursday (Credit: KMOV)
Firefighters on the scene on a fatal house fire in Glen Carbon (Credit: Paige Hulsey / KMOV) Firefighters on the scene on a fatal house fire in Glen Carbon (Credit: Paige Hulsey / KMOV)
Crews working to pull an SUV from Silver Lake Thursday morning. (Credit: KMOV) Crews working to pull an SUV from Silver Lake Thursday morning. (Credit: KMOV)

GLEN CARBON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A body was found in a Highland lake hours after another body was found following a house fire in Glen Carbon Thursday morning. 

Around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the Madison County Coroner’s office was called to Silver Lake after the body of a female was found partially submerged in the water just below Highway 143. During the morning hours, crews were seen searching the lake and surrounding areas after an SUV crashed into the lake around 5:30 a.m.

About three hours before the body was found, officials in Glen Carbon found the body of an adult inside a home that caught fire in Glen Carbon. On Friday, the Madison County Coroner's Office announced that Justin Campbell, 37, was shot to death prior to the fire.  Police said an ID belonging to Cristy Campbell, a resident of the home that caught on fire, was found inside the submerged car. The body was later identified as belonging to Campbell. The coroner said she died of drowning and environmental exposure to the elements. A weapon was also found in the submerged car.

When the home on Dogwood Lane caught fire around 5:15 a.m., Glen Carbon Fire Chief Ralph Well said six children who lived in the home at the time of the fire were accounted for. He also said there is a seventh child that was not accounted for. Officials said two of the children ran to a nearby Walmart to call 911 for help when the fire broke out.

According to officials, the children, who range in age from “teenage down to infancy,” are being taken care of by family members.

“It’s a terrible tragedy. Anytime children are involved it makes it even more difficult. Anytime there’s loss of life it’s heartbreaking, and this is one of those times that as a community we will come together and we will provide all the support we possible can for the family to ensure that the kids, the adults and everybody involved are taken care of,” said Glen Carbon Lt. Wayne White.

About 15 minutes after firefighters arrived at the house fire, officials in Highland were notified of an SUV that had gone into Silver Lake off of Highway 143.

When crews arrived, they rescued an infant from the SUV and started performing CPR.

“One of our paramedics had jumped in the water already and retrieved an infant from the water,” Highland Fire Department Captain Brad Menz said. “They did do CPR on the infant, took the child to the hospital, child was eventually flown to a St. Louis hospital.”

Menz said no one else was found inside the vehicle when it was pulled out of the water. Shortly after, Campbell's body was found on the banks of the lake.

The cause of the fire has not been made available. 

People in the Glen Carbon neighborhood are coming together for the children. 

'It was such an awful tragedy, as we all know and we know the kids well they were on the school bus with our kids, says Mark Reinhard. 

His children, ages 11 and 8, he says have had question about exactly what happened to their friend's home Dogwood. 

"They know the kids and they are just all very concerned and I just told them to be friends to them as they always have," says Reinhard.

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