On Wednesday morning, UNT student Clay Daugherty said he noticed smoke coming out of the hood of his 2013 Ford Fusion.
"I lifted the hood and saw a fire in the back of the engine," said Daugherty. "I just grabbed my backpack and ran out and then called 911".
According to UNT officials, the fire affected a total of 6 cars parked in Lot 80 near Victory Hall. Four of the cars, including Daugherty's, had to be towed away because they were severely damaged.
"It hasn't really set in honestly," said Daugherty. "My car blew up -- that's horrible. I don't know what we're going to do".
In March 2017, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a recall on certain 2013 and 2014 Ford Focus vehicles for issues with engine cooling.
Daugherty said he bought the car back in 2018 and did not know about the recall until after the fire.
Brighton Boles, Daugherty's fraternity brother who lives in Victory Hall, said he watched the fire for over two hours. Boles said he initially didn't believe the reports until he saw the flames for himself.
"I’m just glad no one was even close to this cause a car’s a car", said Boles. "But it doesn’t really matter."
Daugherty, who's from the Houston area, said he's not completely sure how he'll get back home for the summer.
Despite not having a car, Daugherty said he's trying to stay positive.
"It was not a great experience", said Daugherty. "But I mean, there is no good time for your car to blow up I guess".
North Texas Television reached out to Ford to see how drivers of secondhand cars are notified of recalls. They have yet to respond to our request for comment.
Daugherty said he's exchanged insurance information with the other five drivers.