Fire that killed 2 boys may have been sparked by pickup truck

By Joel Eisenbaum - Investigative Reporter

AUSTIN, Texas - A recalled Ford F-150 is at center of a deadly fire that killed two young children, Austin fire officials said.

That fire at a southeast Austin home started about 3 a.m. Tuesday.

The truck was parked near a converted garage at the home, fire officials said.

Neighbors reported hearing tires popping, smelling smoke and then hearing screaming early Tuesday.

Austin fire crews arrived at the scene to help rescue five people at the home, but two brothers, ages and 5 and 7, died, most likely from smoke inhalation, investigators said.

In 2004, Local 2 Investigates uncovered a series of vehicle fires that led to a 2005 recall of about 800,000 Ford vehicles. A defective cruise control switch had the potential to start fires, government investigators concluded.

Austin fire officials said they believe the Ford F-150 at the center of Tuesday's fire appeared to be among those recalled. It is not clear what part, if any, malfunctioned on that specific truck. 

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