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Firefighters extinguish car fire on Bob Billings Parkway

July 11, 2005

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Firefighters extinguished a car fire early this afternoon in a parking lot at 5020 Bob Billings Parkway.

Lawrence firefighters extinguish a car fire Monday on Bob Billings Parkway.

Lawrence firefighters extinguish a car fire Monday on Bob Billings Parkway.

Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical responded to the call at 12:19 p.m., Deputy Fire Chief Mark Bradford said. The car, a white four-door, was parked in the lot when someone noticed it was on fire.

Michael Kelly, Lawrence, was driving back to work from lunch when he saw the fire.

"It was just that one car, and I didn't see anyone in the car," he said. "I was going to call 9-11 but I saw that someone had already done that and I thought dang, maybe I should take a picture."

The cause of the fire was not known and there was no damage estimate available, Bradford said.

For more on this story, see Tuesday's Journal-World

Comments

simple_simon 9 years, 2 months ago

So is the Ford Focus the modern day equivalent of the Ford Pinto??

Oh my God!!

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Steve Jacob 9 years, 2 months ago

Was it a Ford? I saw something on Dateline or something about a part running hot even when off, causing alot of fires, alot of them home fires.

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delta77 9 years, 2 months ago

It's a Ford Focus. From ConsumerAffairs.com:

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is upgrading its probe of engine compartment fires in Ford Motor Co.'s Focus compact car -- one of six defect investigations under way on the Focus.

NHTSA opened the investigation in March after receiving seven complaints of engine compartment fires that started around the battery. NHTSA said it has since had two more complaints, and Ford told the agency it had received 61 similar complaints and 286 warranty claims relating to fire, scorched parts or a burning odor.

There have been nine safety recalls and five non-safety defect investigations involving the Focus since it went on sale in 2000.

The federal probe covers all 690,000 Focus models sold in the U.S.

Ford has vowed to improve the quality of its vehicles while simultaneously trying to cut $7 billion in costs by 2005."

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christie 9 years, 2 months ago

Ford. What a joke. Why would you drive a Ford Focus when for less money you can buy a Honda or Toyota. Ford is notorious for producing cars that explode or catch fire but they ship them anyway because a 15 cent part cuts into their enormous profits.

14 Recalls on this piece of work. They vow to improve quality while cutting 7 billion in costs this I've got to see to believe.

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staff04 9 years, 2 months ago

The focus is a total piece of caca, but some people will only buy American--nevermind that every piece of that car is made overseas...

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chevygal 9 years, 2 months ago

ur right kns...i would buy a foreign hunk -o- junk b4 a ford too!

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blakus 9 years, 2 months ago

Ford produced millions of cars with a single defective part that has caused over 500 vehicle fires. That part is part of the cruise control system. There is a piece of the cruise control system that is always hot (has electrical current flowing through it at all times, even when the car is off) that is connected to the brake system, more specifically connected right above a compartment that contains brake fluid. This is the feature that allows the cruise control to deactivate when you tap the brakes for example on the highway. The problem is that the piece that connects the cruise to the brake system can deteriorate allowing brake fluid or fluid vapors to leak upwards and ignite. This can occur while the car is parked and turned completely off because the cruise control is always hot.

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Curtis Lange 9 years, 2 months ago

Someone needs to go back to school and learn their colors too. That car is not white.

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CarolHerynk 9 years, 2 months ago

These rats are eco - terrorists. That is me in the upstairs window. I saw one of them running away (tail held high) before the flames started. These rats have a plan. All of Lawrence should be on the watch!

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