Man dies in multi-unit apartment fire in Austin

fire-line-tapeBy Carlos SadoviTribune reporter6:56 p.m. CST, February 13, 2014

A 60-year-old man was pronounced dead after a fire struck a multi-story apartment building on the West Side, fire department officials said.

The fire was reported at 5:25 p.m. on the 500 block of South Lavergne Avenue and was struck out at 5:44 p.m., said Chicago Fire Department Spokesman Joseph Roccasalva.

Officials said that a 60-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene, Roccasalva said.It appeared that the man was handicapped because firefighters found a walker and a cane in his unit.

The man, whose name was not available pending notification of his familly, lived in a second floor-unit of the three story building, Roccasalva said. He was found in a bedroom in the apartment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, Roccasalva said.

No other injuries were reported. Working smoke detectors were found in the building, Roccasalva said.

No other details were available.

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