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2002ford excape light switch caught on fire and it didnt blow any fuses

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Light switch(headlight switch?) is on a circuit breaker usually. Not a fuse. If wiring didn't get ruined, a new switch might fix it.
You need an experienced mechanic to check it out for a shorted circuit before you trust it driving in the dark. don-ohio (:^)

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