Nightly News   |  May 05, 2013

5 killed in limo on way to bridal shower

California authorities are trying to determine why a limo caught on fire, killing five, including a bride-to-be. NBC’s Diana Alvear reports.

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>> to figure out what went wrong on a bridge near san francisco last night when a limousine caught fire killing five women including a bride-to-be. we get the story from nbc's diana alviar.

>> reporter: by the time the driver of this limo says he smelled smoke and stopped, the flames had already begun to consume the vehicle.

>> there were ten people in the vehicle. the driver plus nine women, possibly in their 30s.

>> reporter: family members say the limo was transporting the women to a bridal shower . the bride-to-be died in the fire along with four others. the san jose mercury news said the bodies were so badly burned, the victims will be identified by dental records . authorities say the women were picked up in oakland saturday night. the limo burst into flames while crossing the san mateo bridge . investigators say they don't believe it was the result of a collision.

>> we will be looking at the safety of the vehicle to see if they had any prior inspections that they normally have as well as depending on where the fire started, the fire department will be looking into if something happened inside the vehicle.

>> the owner of the limo, limo stop, released this statement. weir deeply saddened by the tragedy last night involving the young women , five of whom lost their lives on the limousine fire on the san mateo bridge . limostop incorporated willo everything possible to investigate and assist authorities in determining the cae of this fire. four women managed to get out of the vehicle and are being treated for smoke inhalation . the driver escaped unharmed. diana alviar, nbc news, los angeles .