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Car in McFarland fatal fire subject to recall

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A state report shows the car involved in a New Year's Day fatal fire in McFarland was subject to a parts recall as a precaution against an engine fire, but state records indicate the recall repair was not carried out.

24-year old Brandon Slattery and his fiance,21-year old Amy Damon of Edgerton were killed in the fire. Authorities say the fire took place shortly after the engaged couple left a New Year's Eve party and parked a borrowed car after driving a short distance.

The report from the state department of justice concluded the cause of the fire in the 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix GT is classified as "undetermined."

But the state fire marshal's report states General Motors recalled a spark plug wire retention channel from the Grand Prix and more than one million other cars because "drops of engine oil may be deposited on the exhaust manifold through hard braking." The report shows the GM recall notice states " rare cases... if a hot surface ignition source were present, an engine compartment fire could occur."

The report states the car's McFarland owner provided investigators with a card from General Motors indicating that service had not been completed on the recall.

The owner, a McFarland man, has yet to return a call seeking comment from 27 News.

State records state the man's son lent the car to his friends Slattery and Damon.

The report states the McFarland fire appears to have started in the engine compartment, with burn-damage more prominent on the engine compartment's passenger side, and in the car's passenger side. The reports state the rear of the car showed little or no damage.

Authorities say the couple left the party at approximately 4:59 a.m, and the fire was discovered by neighbors at approximately 6:00 a.m.

The report says Slattery and Damon had no drugs in their systems. But department of justice spokesperson Dana Brueck says the released-report includes no information on any alcohol use.

The Dane County medical examiner and the McFarland Police department have declined to release to 27 News the results of toxicology tests on the victims, including blood alcohol level, citing victim privacy. McFarland police officials have said party-goers told them the victims did not drink heavily.










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