Five killed in bachelorette party limo fire

Some horrifying news out of the Bay Area from over the weekend... Five people died when they were trapped inside a limousine that caught fire on Saturday night: Limo fire kills 5 on San Mateo Bridge.

Nine friends were celebrating a girls' night out -- a bachelorette party for Neriza Fojas -- when smoke and flames quickly engulfed the limousine while traveling over the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The driver and five passengers were able to escape, but five women were killed in the inferno, including Fojas.

Just after 10 p.m. Saturday, flames burst out in the back of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car. The driver pulled over, and he and four of the women managed to escape. But the other five passengers, including Fojas, remained trapped.

They couldn't get out the rear doors, so they tried to squeeze through a small window into the driver's compartment. Within seconds, the back end was engulfed and it was too late.

Emergency workers later found Fojas and four of her friends clustered under the 3-by-1 1/2-foot window. The women, all in their 30s and 40s, died in the flames.
Devastating. My heart goes out to the loved ones of the victims. What the hell happened on that limousine? The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the fire, but it could take a while to determine the cause. More here: Limo fire: Bride's ride to shower turns into deadly inferno.

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