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While investigators try to figure out what caused a limousine to burst into flames on the San Mateo Bridge Saturday night, questions come to mind about limo safety in general.

The 1999 Lincoln Town Car was rated with the Public Utilities Commission for eight passengers.  Investigators say nine women were on board, celebrating a wedding.  Five of them, including the bride, died in the fire that broke out in the rear of the vehicle.

Investigators are looking into the cause and trying to determine if the doors and locks were functioning properly.  The survivors climbed out through a partition and exited through a front door.

FOX40 consulted a CPR certified Sacramento area chauffeur on Monday for advice for anyone thinking of renting a limo.  Limo Dre of The Mix Master Limousine Service stresses the importance of safety equipment.  He said passengers should make sure the limo has a fire extinguisher and first aid kit.

In addition to those basic safety items, Dre carries a hammer that could be used to bust out the windows if the electrical system were to fail.  The fire extinguisher could also be used for that purpose.

Dre also says it is important that chauffeurs complete a full safety inspection of vehicles every day.  And he advises people to check the record of limo companies with the Better Business Bureau before selecting one.

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