By Suzanne Le Mignot

CHICAGO (CBS) – Two bodies were found after a fire destroyed a home in north suburban Highland Park early Wednesday.

Two elderly people lived in the home and have not been seen since the fire broke out.

Firefighters began searching the home on Wednesday morning and the coroner had arrived at the scene.

Lake County coroner Dr. Howard Cooper said they found two bodies but could not confirm the identities. His office will be conducting an autopsy and make a positive ID.

The home, at 2088 Kipling Lane, was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived about 1 a.m. Firefighters attempted to enter the home but were unable to enter due to heavy smoke and fire.

Police Chief Larry Amidei says, “They tried to make entry and had to back out because of heavy smoke and flames. We went into defensive mode where we were hitting the flames from the outside.”

“They were a husband and wife,” recalls neighbor Lindsay Malitz. “ I didn’t see them much, just the husband doing yard work. It hits close to home when it’s in your neighborhood and to hear that they both passed is a tragic loss for the community.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.