Bride Killed in Limo Fire Along With Four Others; Four More Hospitalized

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A limo fire killed five lives, including a bride-to-be, while transporting nine women to a bachelorette party Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

The tragic limo fire took place at around 10 p.m. Saturday on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay.

Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the bridge, the CHP said Sunday.

Rosita Guardiano told the San Francisco Chronicle that the woman for whom the bachelorette party was being thrown was to be married next month.

Guardiano said her daughter was one of the survivors.

Investigators haven't determined what sparked the fire, but the stretch limo became engulfed in flames after smoke started coming out of the back of it.

A photo taken by a witness and broadcast on local station KTVU-TV showed huge flames shooting from the back of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car.

Video shot after the incident showed about a third of the back half of the limousine had been scorched by the fire. Its taillights and bumper were gone.

The driver of the limo, 46-year-old Orville Brown of San Jose, was the only one unhurt. It wasn't clear how he managed to escape without injury.

Investigators Sunday afternoon were still seeking witnesses, the CHP said.

All five women were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies were being conducted, San Mateo County Supervising Deputy Coroner Michelle Rippy said.

The local company that operated the vehicle in question was identified as Limo Stop, which offers service through limousines, vans and SUVS.

A telephone message left at the company seeking comment wasn't immediately returned. Attempts to reach the limo driver were also unsuccessful.

The victims names are not yet known. The survivors were Mary Grace Guardiano, 42, Jasmine Desguia, 34, Nelia Arrellano, 36, and Amalia Loyola, 48.

All are being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.