Early Morning Fire Traps, Kills Disabled Man

Fire officials are investigating the cause of the blaze

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    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - JANUARY 31: A firetruck departs its firehouse enroute to a call January 31, 2005 in Arlington Heights, Illinois. According to an analysis by The Boston Globe, firefighters are showing an alarming drop in response times to calls and barely over a third of calls nationwide are meeting national standards for response time. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

    Two people are dead and two others injured after a fire broke out in an apartment in Chicago's West Side Austin neighborhood early this morning.

    The dead were a wheelchair-bound 57-year-old man and a woman in her 70s who had been taken to a hospital in critical condition, according to fire officials.

    Firefighters responded to the blaze at 1622 N. McVicker Ave at about 5:25 a.m.  Flames could be seen billowing from the windows, but  officials are still working to determine the cause of the blaze.

    A total of four people were reportedly trapped inside the burning building.

    Fire on the West Side

    [CHI] Fire on the West Side
    Fire broke out on the west side this morning.

    A bystander tried to pull one of the victims out of the first floor but failed, according to the Chicago Tribune.