Most Passengers Over 90 Years Old
All Escaped Safely
A HIRED LIMOUSINE FILLED with 10 elderly women – 8 of them over 90 years old – caught fire at 11:35 am Pacific Sunday morning in Walnut Creek, California, while it was standing still and idling in their retirement community.
The women were preparing to travel to Sonoma to attend a friend's 98th birthday party when one of them smelled smoke and saw it rising from underneath the 2009 Lincoln limo.
The two caretakers who were accompanying them quickly hopped out and proceded to get all the other passengers out safely despite their needing reliances on walkers and canes.
The quick response and actions of the driver and the two caregivers is being given credit for the happy ending to this potential disaster.
KGO-TV interviewed one of the caregivers who gives us a good first-hand account of what happened in this video report:
The Contra Costa County Fire District responded and extinguished the remains of the fire easily, but the limo was a total burnout. The owner as well as all of the passengers were very much aware of the deadly limo fire that took place last month on May 4 just a few miles away on the San Mateo – Hayward bridge. (See that Firegeezer report HERE.)
Alternate transportation was found and all of the ladies were able to continue on to the birthday bash.
The Contra Costa Times has the STORY.
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Also on FireGeezer…
- UPDATED: 5 Killed in Limo Fire on California Bridge – May 5, 2013