Five of the nine women in that limo died in the fire. Investigators said Monday capacity was supposed to be eight. Detectives are still looking into what could have caused the fire. Meanwhile other nurses at CRMC are grieving their losses.
“The limo was engulfed in flames in the rear,” said limo driver Orville Brown.
A sudden fire trapped and killed five women. The driver said it all happened in seconds.
“There was a lady that was coming through that got stuck. I pulled her out then one more got out and it was horrific, something I never imagined to happen,” said Brown.
According to the San Mateo County Coroner, Estrera, Fojas and three other women were found against the partition separating the driver from the back.
“They were getting away from the fire and that's why they were in the front towards the partition. You could also probably say they were trying to get out as well,” said Robert Foucrault.
"Nezira Fojas and Michelle Estrera were exemplary nurses who dedicated their lives to helping others. These two outstanding nurses were loved by their patients, colleagues, and staff at our hospital. Both were good friends, stellar nurses and excellent mentors."
The hospital plans to hold memorial services for staff to attend this week.