Deadly limo fire: Company shocked by deaths

Reporter Sarah Hashim-Waris from The Times newsroom with the latest on the deadly blaze that erupted on the rear portion of the limo while on the San Mateo-Hayward bridge.

A limousine company involved in the fatal vehicle fire Saturday night in the Bay Area issued a statement Sunday saying that it was "deeply saddened" by the deaths.

"LimoStop Inc. will do everything possible to investigate and assist authorities in determining the cause of this fire in order to help bring forth answers and provide closure to the victims and their families," the statement said.


Two survivors were listed in critical condition, and five women were killed in the fire, according to hospital officials.

Jasmine Desguia, 34, of San Jose and Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro were taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, officials said.  They were being treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

Two other victims, Mary Guardiano, 42, of Alameda and Nelia Arellano, 36, of Oakland, were taken to Stanford Medical Center, authorities said. Their conditions were unknown. The driver -- Orville Brown, 46, of San Jose, was not injured.

The five women who died in the blaze have not been identified, pending notification of relatives, officials said.

The group was taking part in a bachelorette party. The bride-to-be was among those who died in the fire, San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the San Jose Mercury News.

Shortly after 10 p.m., it appears the back of the 1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine caught fire while crossing the San Mateo-Hayward bridge, officials said. The flames quickly spread to the front of the vehicle.

Authorities are still investigating the cause of the fire.


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