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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