(Angela Greenwood Reporting)
The cause of last week's fatal limo fire is still under investigation. It claimed the lives of two Fresno nurses celebrating with friends in the Bay Area.
The tragic event is stirring-up concerns about the limo industry during its most popular season, as we are in the heart of prom season and wedding season is right around the corner.
Limousines are popular for both of those occasions, but last week's tragic accident has some people questioning their own safety.
Christina Garcia is preparing for her big day. She's got her checklist out -- finalizing last minute details, but there's one detail she's not so sure about now. "I am kind of nervous to step inside a limo," said Garcia.
She is not alone after images of the flames coming from the limo on the side of the road, and learning five women died inside.
For Garcia, it may be reason enough to cancel her own transportation plans. "I'm going to be wearing a really big... you know, princess dress, you know I'm kind of like: 'What if that could happen to me? What if I can't get out.'"
It's the peak season for the limousine industry so companies are now doing all they can to make passengers feel safe. "We do every possible preventative measure that we can," said Paul Mendez with Absolute Comfort Limousine in Visalia.
Mendez says all of their vehicle are inspected once a month. "Everything: drive lines, U-joints, wheels , air pressure, make sure there are no cracks in the wheels, fuel lines brake lines..."
Fire extinguishers are carried in every car and drivers are required to make sure everything is working, including door locks before hitting the road.
We still don't know what caused last weekend's fatal fire, if it was a freak accident or something that could have been prevented, but for now, limo companies say the best thing for all concerned customers to do is call in with any questions they have about safety procedures or inspections.
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