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Man killed in West Side apartment fire

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A space heater may be to blame for a fire that killed a man Thursday at his West Side Austin neighborhood apartment building.

The fire started just before 5:25 p.m. in a two-story, multi-unit apartment building in the 500 block of South Lavergne Avenue, Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.

Albert Lawson Jr., 62, was found dead in a bedroom of the unit where the fire started, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Lawson Jr., a resident of the apartment, was pronounced dead after the fire was struck out, a representative for the medical examiner's office said.

He appeared to have been handicapped, as officials found a walker and a cane in the room with him, Roccasalva said.

The fire did not spread beyond that unit, Roccasalva said.

An autopsy Friday found Lawson died of thermal injuries from an apartment fire started by a space heater, the medical examiner's office said. Heart disease and an injury to his lower left extremity were listed as secondary factors. His death was ruled an accident.

The American Red Cross said responders assisted residents there, though officials could not say how many people may have been displaced.

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