10 People Escape Limo Fire in Rossmoor

June 10, 2013 21:19 pm · 17 comments

Ten people were able to escape injury in a limo fire in Walnut Creek’s Rossmoor community on Sunday morning, a community spokeswoman said.

The group was celebrating the 96th birthday of one of the passengers and was heading to a birthday party in Sonoma, Rossmoor spokeswoman Maureen O’Rourke said.

The passengers were getting into the limo, owned by TownCar SF, at about 11:30 a.m. when someone smelled smoke and the driver told everyone to get out of the vehicle, O’Rourke said.

She said no one panicked, and everyone was safely out of the limo by the time it burst into flames.

The 2008 Lincoln Town Car limo had 80,000 miles on it and had been taken in for a full routine inspection on Friday, TownCar SF owner Claudius Oliveira said.

The vehicle was destroyed in the fire.

The incident occurred a little more than a month after another limo became engulfed in flames on the San Mateo Bridge, killing five people, including a new bride.

The group involved in Sunday’s incident did not miss their party, and headed to the celebration in private cars, O’Rourke said.

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Blah June 10, 2013 at 9:27 PM

I hope I can party like that at 96 !

Limosteve June 10, 2013 at 9:29 PM

And again as all limo companies do they exceed the passenger limit. Maximum allowed in the back is 8 and the two front seat make 9 and 10. But companies sell it as 10 in the back to charge more money. If you are still not sure count the seat belts in the back. You will not find more then eight!

It is a $7500 fine from PUC but they do not enforce it.

Feeling Stressed June 10, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Have they ever said what caused the limo fire that killed those five people?

@Limosteve June 10, 2013 at 10:03 PM

That’s wat they say about my VW. They say 4 or 5 max but I fit 16 people in my VW and I can still see to drive.

NoMoreFreeRide June 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

LimoSteve said it all. Those people must have been stuff in there like sardines. That was an eight passenger limousine with 2 too many passengers. Almost every single limo company sells their 8 passenger models as holding 10 passengers. Think about that all you mothers and fathers next prom season.

Triple Canopy June 10, 2013 at 10:11 PM

According to a KTVU or KGO report, I forget which one,, the limo at the San Mateo bridge was either overloaded causing its fuel tank to drag over a road undulation or its fuel tank by damaged road debris.

Passenger-carrying capacity should not be used to determine the allowed number of passengers. Rather, it should be the total weight of those persons and all other cargo. Have you seen the heft of some folks??? Ngeesh.

NoMoreFreeRide June 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Read their reviews on Yelp. It’s the old saying, “You get what you pay for!”

Charles-the-cat June 10, 2013 at 10:34 PM

It’s a relief that nobody was hurt this time. Gotta wonder how much quality control goes into the customized wiring on these chopped up land yachts. I’m guessing they don’t use actual electricians to do the work but did they at least get an electrician to design their systems? And do they use properly rated fuses and wires?

@Feeling Stressed June 10, 2013 at 10:41 PM

When was this?

MSkitty June 10, 2013 at 10:47 PM

This could have ended badly. That limo company should pay damages to the patrons.

nytemuvr June 10, 2013 at 11:55 PM

When I saw the headline, I thought it must be Rossmorr’s Senior Senior Prom….

Max June 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

limos are potentially dangerous if used incorrectly. solution? BAN LIMOS. lol

glad everyone was OK

Fig Newton June 11, 2013 at 4:49 AM

These junk limos,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Be professional,,Use Blacktie Limos,,,,

Anonymous June 11, 2013 at 5:50 AM

The article doesn’t say their were 10 people in the bac, just that 10 people escaped. The driver was probably one of the 10, and maybe there was also a front-seat passenger in that count as well. Don’t inmediately jump to the overcrowding card before getting all the facts.

Blink June 11, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Too cheap should be a warning….coupon deals beware

Triple Canopy June 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM


Low voltage systems used in motor vehicles need not be installed or modified by “electricians” as you suggest.

Cowellian June 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

nytemuvr said:

Rossmoor’s senior senior prom

Now that’s funny.

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