Northern California wildfires break $9 billion in insurance claims

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The fires that torched their way through the state’s wine country in October have broken fire records. The Northern California wildfires from October have already generated an incredible $9 billion in insurance claims. This has easily left the previous wildfire insurance claim records well behind. The October blaze is now the most expensive single fire in the history of the United States. California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones does not think that total will rise much further for those Northern California wildfires. The $9 billion figure represents the total insurance claims…

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California wildfire insurance losses have reached $3.3 billion and continue to rise

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A new report from the state Department of Insurance released figures based on claims reported by 15 insurers. The losses faced by California wildfire insurance companies continue to rise as the figure has now broken the $3.3 billion mark. That number was revealed by the California Department of Insurance and is based on the claims data reported by 15 insurers in the state. That figure only represents the current losses faced by the insurers but the total for the year will only get higher. That data is based on California…

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California wildfire insurance coverage remains important despite drought end

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Millions of residents of the state aren’t out of the risk of wildfires even though the rains returned. The end of the several year long drought in the state hasn’t eliminated the need for California wildfire insurance yet, says a new report. Last winter came with soaking storms that put an end to what looked as though it would be a never-ending drought. Despite the fact that the land is no longer parched as it has been over the last few years, this doesn’t mean that the threat of wildfires…

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London tower block fire wasn’t without warning from the insurance industry

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The Grenfell Tower building was completely destroyed in a massive blaze, killing at least 79 people. The London tower block fire that led to the death of at least 79 people and injured many others did not occur without warning. The insurance industry in the United Kingdom had previously warned the British government that the external surfaces like the one on Grenfell Tower and several other buildings are flammable and dangerous. The insurance industry’s warning was issued a month before the killer blaze that shook the city and shocked the…

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$300k renters insurance settlement proves you shouldn’t blowtorch a squirrel

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A woman tried to clean the fur off a dead squirrel with a propane torch and burned down the building. A recent renters insurance settlement case serves as an important caution to anyone who would be inclined to use a blowtorch on a squirrel. A Michigan woman learned this the hard way after she and her boyfriend burned down her apartment complex. The couple had been at the woman’s home when they decided to try to remove a dead squirrel’s fur. The woman’s boyfriend was using the blowtorch to take…

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Homeowners insurance trends show claims and losses are falling

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A LexisNexis report has found that home carriers are riding a positive wave at the moment. LexisNexis has released a report saying that homeowners insurance trends are good for providers right now. The claims are decreasing while the loss costs have been either falling or remaining flat. This U.S. insight was published in the 2016 LexisNexis Home Trends Report. The homeowners insurance trends report took into account that there was only one major hurricane this year in the United States. Moreover there was a decline of 30 percent from 2010…

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California wildfire insurance rates are heading skyward

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In southern parts of the state, residents have been watching their premiums rise due to the fires. Dozens of Southern Californians are threatened by forest fires and at the same time as they worry for their homes, they are watching their California wildfire insurance premiums skyrocket. Many houses have already been damaged – or nearly damaged – which can be enough to affect premiums. That said, it’s important to note that wildfire insurance won’t automatically spike right away. The odds are that California wildfire insurance rates will rise. This is…

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Homeowners insurance coverage may pay for Sand Fire evacuation expenses

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Many home and renters policyholders may be pleasantly surprised to discover they can be reimbursed the costs. The Sand Fire has destroyed eighteen homes, but for those who were evacuated, homeowners insurance coverage may still help. Many of the 20,000 evacuees don’t realize that their renters insurance and home policies cover those expenses. The fire burned its way into the Santa Clarita region and left massive physical and financial damage behind. Still, for those who were evacuated and faced the costs of having to live elsewhere, some relief may be…

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Fort McMurray wildfire insurance costs will be highest in the history of Canada

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates a total insured loss of approximately $3.58 billion. The tremendous Fort McMurray wildfire that ripped through the region in Alberta, Canada was the costliest in the country’s history. No other disaster brought such great expense to insurance companies. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) estimates a total cost of $3.58 billion. Canadian insurance companies have never faced an cost that large from any single disaster in history. The IBC issued a report based on information collected through a survey of insurance companies. With this…

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Fort McMurray insurance losses may be more than $9 billion

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The wildfire that continues to devastate the Canadian city is expected to be the most expensive in the country’s history. The Fort McMurray insurance losses resulting from the devastating wildfire that has burned its way through the city in the Canadian province of Alberta is expected to bring about the largest insured property losses the country has ever experienced from a single disaster. In fact, one analyst has estimated that the insured losses could come to a massive total as high as CAD$9.3 billion. The Fort McMurray insurance losses are…

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