BREAKING: Alameda woman was victim of limo fire

An Alameda woman has been listed as a victim of a deadly limousine fire Saturday on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The fire claimed five women, including a newlywed bride, and injured four others.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert J. Foucrault on Tuesday identified Felomina Geronga, 43, of Alameda, as one of the victims of the fire, along with Jennifer Balon, 39, of Dublin; Anna Alcantara, 46, of San Leandro; Michelle Estrera, 35, of Fresno; and Neriza Fojas, 31, also Fresno.

Four other women - Mary Grace Guardiano, 42, of Alameda; Nelia Arrellano, 36, of Oakland; Amalia Loyola, 48, of San Leandro and Jasmin "Jazzy" de Guia, 34, of San Jose - were injured in the blaze.

In a release, Foucrault said his investigation into the cause and manner of the womens' deaths would take another three to four weeks to complete.

The women had been en route from Alameda to a hotel in Foster City to celebrate Fojas' recent nuptuals when a fire erupted in the rear of the 1999 Lincoln Town Care limousine they were riding in. The driver, Orville Brown, 46, of San Jose, escaped unharmed, and four other women escaped and were treated at area hospitals for burns and smoke inhalation.

"She was a good mother," Geronga's sister-in-law, who is in town to help with funeral arrangements, said Tuesday from the woman's home, which she shared with her husband and children.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire; they said Monday that the car was carrying one more passenger than it was licensed to hold.

Most of the women worked together at the Fruitvale Healthcare Center in Oakland, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

More to come.

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