Officials ID Woman Killed in Apartment Fire

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    Officials have identified the Chula Vista woman found dead after an intense apartment fire.

    Charla Wolfson, 58, died in the fire at the Royal Apartments on Park Way Wednesday.

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    The county’s medical examiner said the fire started in the living room of the apartment but fire officials have not released a cause.

    Video taken just moments before firefighters arrived shows the chaos at the scene.

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    When flames and smoke appeared around 10 a.m., neighbors started running out to the courtyard to see what all the commotion was about.

    Wolfson’s ex-husband and adult son were able to get out of the apartment through the front door. They suffered minor injuries.

    A Chula Vista deputy fire chief said her body was discovered in the middle of the apartment unit in a hallway.

    Several of her neighbors tried over and over again to break through the wall of flames at the entrance, but the smoke was too thick, the wall of fire too hot.

    Firefighters said the fire had spread to other rooms but they were able to control it before it spread to other units in the complex.