Fil-Am teacher killed in SoCal house fire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A tragedy in the San Diego area where smoke and flames engulfed a Chula Vista house early Monday morning, killing a young Filipino American woman.

Preschool teacher Vanessa Dela Cruz, 22, died in the fire after she was unable to escape. Her father and siblings managed to get out.

Four people, including Dela Cruz’ mother, remain in the hospital.

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the fire.

A vigil is scheduled for Tuesday night at the Kids Depot in Otay Ranch where Dela Cruz worked.

A gofundme page has been set-up to help the family with their losses.

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