Nightly News   |  August 19, 2013

Mechanical failure sparked limo fire that killed 5

Officials say the deadly fire was sparked by the failure of the limo’s rear suspension system. The driver will pay a fine for having too many passengers in the car, but won’t face any other charges. NBC’s Lester Holt reports.

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>>> we have just learned new details about that horrific limousine fire in california that killed five women, friends who were celebrating a wedding and got trapped in the back. officials say the deadly fire was sparked by a mechanical problem, a failure of the rear suspension system. four other friends and the limo driver survived. you will remember the driver at first thought one of the women who knocked on the partition window was asking if she could smoke. he will pay a fine for having too many passengers in the car but won't face any other charges.