Limo driver: Fire took 3 minutes to claim 5 lives

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 7 at 2:02 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California agency probing a deadly limousine fire that killed five women is considering whether to fine the limo company $7,500 per day for misrepresenting the limo's seating capacity.

The California Public Utilities Commission had authorized the vehicle to carry eight or fewer passengers, but it had nine on the night of the deadly fire.

Commission spokeswoman Terrie Prosper says the commission is looking into whether the company willfully misrepresented the seating capacity to the agency. If so, she says Limo Stop could be penalized $7,500 for each day it was in violation.

The women who were killed in the Saturday night blaze were celebrating the wedding of a newlywed friend who was among those killed.

Authorities are investigating what sparked the blaze and why the victims could not escape the flames.

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