Ford Explorer may have sparked house fire

RALEIGH

Investigators think a faulty cruise control switch sparked the fire which then spread to the house -- just days after a new /*Ford recall*/.

"It was definitely scary," neighbor Rolande Doll said.

It was 2:30 a.m. when her husband and her sister heard an explosion. They ran across the street where their neighbor's car had caught /*fire*/.

"By the time he got his shoes on and went over there, the garage door was up," Doll said.

Fortunately, the /*Ford Explorer*/ was parked outside, charring the garage and filling the house with smoke.

The owner says his SUV is part of a voluntary safety recall affecting millions of vehicles.

It's not the first time a faulty speed control switch has sparked a house fire in Raleigh. Just last month, a 12-year-old boy saved his family after their /*Ford Expedition*/ caught the garage on fire just below his bedroom.

It's a potentially dangerous situation that has local fire department urging Ford car owners to watch out.

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