LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Drivers were gawking over the weekend after a limousine caught fire, seemingly stranding a Las Vegas bridal party.
Video from viewer Jay Hawk shows the limo on fire with the bridal party behind the vehicle at a safe distance. According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski, the limo was traveling on I-15 southbound between Sahara and Spring Mountain when the bride smelled something burning.
Szymanski said a few minutes later, the bridal party saw smoke coming from underneath the driver's seat of the limo. The limo pulled over and the bridal party got out before the inside of the vehicle caught fire, Szymanski said.
Szymanski said the cause of the fire was undetermined and no one was injured. Another vehicle arrived to pick up the wedding party, Szymanski said.
The limo company involved, VIP Limousines of Nevada, released this statement on the fire:
VIP Limousines of Nevada acknowledges that one of the company’s limousines suffered an unanticipated and very uncommon vehicle fire on Saturday, March 13, 2021. Our chauffeur training proved to be invaluable in providing safety to the chauffeur and our passengers. An investigation into the incident is currently ongoing. All vehicles in our fleet are thoroughly inspected regularly in accordance with Local, State and Federal laws. Public safety is always our number one concern. In addition to procedures, all vehicles are equipped with various safety supplies including fire extinguishers. Our chauffeurs go through comprehensive safety meetings, quarterly, and are trained in "what to do" in various situations. If there is an issue of any sort, the safety of the passengers is a priority first and foremost. Again, this was a very isolated incident, and another limousine was dispatched and arrived within minutes to take the passengers forward. They were happily married within the next hour. VIP Limousines is sincerely sorry for this unforeseen occurrence. We praise our valued team member and chauffeur “Yalem” for following company procedures. Her calmness and immediate action provided a safe place to exit and removed the passengers and herself from harm's way.
-Neil Farrell, owner
Felix Hernandez, the bride’s father, told FOX5 they “saw flames in the cabin, then the windows blew.”
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue quickly put out the fire. The cause according to their report was unknown and nobody was injured.
The couple did make it to The Little Church of the West and tied the knot.