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10 escape limo fire on way to 90-year-old's birthday party

Everyone got out of the limo safely after the limo caught fire despite the passengers’ age. (Source: KGO/CNN) Everyone got out of the limo safely after the limo caught fire despite the passengers’ age. (Source: KGO/CNN)

WALNUT CREEK, CA (KGO/CNN) - A limousine fire endangered passengers inside celebrating a friend's birthday.

Luckily everyone got out safely, especially considering the ages of the passengers.

It was 90-year-old Elayne Lofchie's birthday celebration that she and nine other women were going to when their limo burst into flames before it left the curb.

Georgette Vianni, Lofchie's caregiver, says she knew the reservation was for eight but was told 10 was okay.

"When the limo driver came, I said, 'How many people are going to… How many people can you take?' and he said, 'Ten.' … They were packed in there. Nobody got hurt. That's all that matters."

Limo owner Claudius Oliveria sent a photo of the initial reservation, showing it was booked for eight.

The Public Utilities Commission stated: "The CPUC is looking into the matter and will obtain the official number of passengers. If the company willfully misrepresented the seating capacity to the CPUC, it could be penalized."

"It was a momentous birthday celebration," Lofchie said.

As it turned out, Lofchie and her friends all escaped the fire unhurt, even though many of them use walkers and canes.

"Cause everybody was calm," she said. "Inside I don't know how they were, because I wasn't calm inside … not at all, and I felt very grateful that nobody was really injured."

Lofchie added, "I can't tell you how fast 90-year-old ladies can get out of a limousine, but they did."

Bernice Dreyfus, 96, was the oldest passenger in the limo, seated in the back, in there for about 15 minutes with the engine idling.

"You've got to remember, honey, we're talking about 90-year-old ladies," she said. "By the time 90-year-old ladies get themselves seated and buckled in, it might take two hours."

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