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Truck involved in Cedar Rapids house fire had open safety recall


A pick-up truck involved in a Cedar Rapids house fire Wednesday night was found to have an open recall notice for a problem that could cause a fire.

Firefighters were called to 1730 C Avenue NW at around 11:15 p.m. for a report of a house fire.

Neighbors had alerted Brian Gardner, 32, Erin Gardner, 30, and their three children ranging in ages from nine months to 10 years old, that their truck was on fire in the driveway and the fire had spread to the one-stall garage and the house.

The truck and garage are considered total losses, but firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading beyond the exterior walls and siding of the house. There was some light smoke damage to the home, and some walls and ceilings needed to be pulled down to check for fire extension.

The family stayed with neighbors.

Investigators determined that the fire started ed in the area of the speed control system of the truck.

A check of the truck's vehicle identification number showed that there is an open recall on the 1999 Ford F-150. 

Ford Motor Company announced a massive safety recall on September 7, 2005 on 1994-2002 vehicles to correct a problem that could cause the cruise control deactivation switch to overheat and create an under hood fire. 

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