Man with disability, family dog killed in house fire on Northwest Side

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CHICAGO -- Investigators are at the scene of a home on the city's Northwest Side where a man with a disability and the family dog were killed after a house caught fire.

Firefighters were called just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday to the two-story brick home, located at 4850 N. Keystone in the North Mayfair neighborhood.

After putting out a fire in the basement, they found 39-year old Antonio Zepeda who lived there.

Family members tell WGN the man suffered from a rare autoimmune condition that limited his mobility.

They believe Zepeda may have tried to put out the fire himself, and made the 911 call before he was overcome.

While the cause is still under investigation, the fire may have started in the wiring of a refrigerator in the basement.

Seven relatives, including two young children, were upstairs and escaped unharmed.

Neighbor, Olga Rodriguez described the fire.

"We heard a loud noise and the firemen all came and it was all smoky.  There was a lot of smoke and the people all ran out of the building," Rodriguez said.

The Red Cross is making arrangements for temporary housing.

The family dog, a Schnauzer named Tinkerbell who often slept downstairs with Zepeda, also died in the fire.

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