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CA limo fire raises local concerns

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You've probably seen the horrific video by now. A limousine headed to a bachelorette party burst into flames, killing five female passengers, including the bride.

The accident occurred outside San Francisco and much of it was captured on camera by a passing motorist.

With prom season and spring weddings upon us, there are questions about the possibility of a similar occurrence in the Valley.

Signature Limousine Manufacturers general manager Ron Steinberg said while a limo bursting into flames can never be ruled out, it's highly unlikely in our state.

Steinberg said that's because Nevada's limousine industry is under much tighter restrictions than California's.

One of the many questions which have surfaced since the accident occurred is: Why couldn't the five victims escape?

"This vehicle was built back in the ‘90s. It's possible the child restraint locks were engaged and the vehicle didn't have an escape hatch," Steinberg said.

Steinberg said that with today's designs, getting trapped in a limo would be unlikely. Most limousines now come equipped with escape hatches.

Steinberg also said that in Nevada limos must carry fire extinguishers and drivers must know how to use them.

"The drivers are supposed to be trained on using the fire extinguishers, something that's not mandatory in California and not being enforced," Steinberg said.

Vehicle capacity is clearly marked on each limousine in Nevada. Additionally, newer limos have insulated wiring in place to prevent fire.

Nevada's limousine industry is governed by the Nevada Transportation Authority, accounting for the strict guidelines.

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