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.

    Fire on the West Side

    [CHI] Fire on the West Side
    Fire broke out on the west side this morning. (Published Monday, Jan 4, 2010)

    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.

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