Bride and Four Friends Killed in Limousine Fire

Five women, including a new bride, were killed late Saturday when fire engulfed a stretch limousine carrying them to a party on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over the San Francisco Bay, police said.

Four other occupants escaped with injuries including burns or smoke inhalation, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said. The driver escaped unharmed.

Witnesses at the scene told people were trapped inside the burning limo, which was a white Lincoln Town Car traveling from Alameda to Foster City.

Montiel said the women, all in their 30s and 40s, were "probably killed by the fire," but the cause of death was not immediately clear.

Among those who perished was 31-year-old Neriza Fojas, for whom the bridal shower was being thrown, the San Fransico Chronicle reported. Fojas was recently married in the United States but was planning to travel to her native Philippines to hold a ceremony in front of family next month.

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