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Authorities Probing Cause of Stretch Fire That Killed Five In CA

Posted on May 5, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- Five women, including a new bride, were killed late Saturday when fire engulfed a stretch limousine carrying them to a party on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police said.

Four other occupants escaped with injuries including burns or smoke inhalation, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. the driver escaped unharmed.

NBC News report here

Associated Press report here

Limo Stop, the owner of the limo, said in a statement: "We are deeply saddened by the tragedy last night involving the young women, five of whom lost their lives in the limousine fire on the San Mateo Bridge."

The stretch limousine was a white 1999 Lincoln Town Car model, according to media reports.

CBS-TV San Francisco report here

Related Topics: accidents, California operators, passenger safety

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