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10/18/09

Fire Marshal suspects recalled Ford part responsible for Lubbock fire

By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Ford Motor Company recalls hit a little too close to home for one Lubbock family.   The woman who's Ford Expedition caught fire says she didn't even know her model was on a recall list, so she was shocked to find out that ii was what caused so much damage to her home and shook up her life.

"You don't expect something like this to happen, and when it happens to you, you're like wow," said Josie Pena who spent hours cleaning out her damaged home. Just after Midnight on September 29th, her life changed in an instant.

"Not even 10, 5 minutes. My whole house caught on fire," said her husband, Pete, on the night of the fire. 

At first, fire investigators couldn't figure out what caused the blaze. "We didn't have a clue because it's a lot of destruction out there. We had three cars involved, a carport, and the attached house. We got up in the eaves of the house up in the attic, and I mean it was really quite a fire. A huge dollar loss," said Fire Marshal Garrett Nelson. 

After further investigating, they determined the recalled Ford module was likely the cause. "It's in the area where that module should have been located. Of course, all of that's burned away," said Nelson. 

Ford has issued eight recalls over the past 10 years because of the faulty module. Pena says she had no idea her car was on the recall list, "I didn't buy the vehicle brand new, so if anybody got the recall, it's probably whoever owned it first."

She thinks Ford should have done more to make sure the dangerous parts were taken off the road. "Luckily nobody died or anything like that, but I really think if it can be this dangerous, this hazardous, that it's their responsibility," said Pena. 

For the next six months her charred home will be under repair while her family must find a temporary residence.

NewsChannel 11 tried to contact Ford Motor Company, but have not been able to get a hold of them. For more information on Ford recalls (Click Here).

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