(SAN FRANCISCO) — A California state senator is planning to take action in the wake of a limousine fire that killed five people near San Francisco last weekend.
“We’re going to introduce a bill in the next week that will require fire extinguishers…in the passenger compartment of every limousine that is in the state,” state Sen. Jerry Hill said, according to ABC News affiliate KGO-TV.
The fire, which erupted on board a 1999 Lincoln Town Car limousine as it crossed the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge last Saturday night, killed a newlywed, Neriza Fojas, 31, and four of her friends.
Fojas was recently married in the United States and was planning a second ceremony in the Philippines next month. She and her friends were on their way to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for her bridal shower, where her husband was waiting, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The victims’ bodies were found huddled near the partition separating the driver’s section of the car and the rear passenger area, suggesting they were trying to escape the fire, according to San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault.
The driver and four other passengers survived.
The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
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