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Crews respond to a fire in an apartment building in Silver Lake on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Crews respond to a fire in an apartment building in Silver Lake on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A woman was found dead inside a burning apartment in Silver Lake on Friday night, fire officials said.

Crews responded to the third floor unit in the four-story building on 2850 West Riverside Drive shortly before 8 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. They extinguished the flames within 15 minutes, the agency said.

Officials described the woman who died as elderly and said her charred apartment contained “excessive personal storage.”

Her unit was outfitted with a fire alarm, which was sounding off as firefighters arrived. However, optional fire sprinklers had not been installed, LAFD said.

Coroner’s officials were working to determine the victim’s identity and the cause of death, authorities added.

No other injuries were reported in the building.

The apartment was in a 173,042-square-foot, 160-unit building, the Fire Department said.

Officials had not determined what caused the fire to break out, and the incident remained under investigation.