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Bills Addressing Last Year’s California Wildfires Have Insurers Concerned

Insurance industry representatives said on Thursday they are working with the authors of pair of controversial bills approved by a committee in the California state Senate that are designed to give relief to victims of the massive wildfires last fall. …

Downtown Fire in Central Iowa Town Causes Extensive Damage

A major blaze damaged several buildings in a central Iowa town on Independence Day, but fire officials don’t suspect fireworks as the cause. The Des Moines Register reports that the fire started late on July 4 in downtown Melcher-Dallas and …

California Man Accused of Insurance Inspection Invoice Scam Nabbed

A California man was arrested in Arizona on charges that he scammed hundreds of people in three states in a fire insurance inspection scheme. Robert Musich, 46, was being held on bond following his arrest in Lake Havasu City. Musich, …

Louisiana Town to Vote on Tax for Fire Department Maintenance

Voters in Gonzales, La., will decide on March 28 whether to renew a 10-year, 3.27-mill property tax that was first passed in 1986 to fund the city’s fire department. With two fire stations and an ambulance service that transports residents …

Fire Insurance Goes Down in Louisiana Town as Safety Rating Rises

Coteau, La., residents will pay a little less for fire insurance after their volunteer fire department’s latest evaluation. Fire protection districts are evaluated every five years on a list of criteria designed to judge the effectiveness of the district’s manpower, …

Iowa Fire Officials Change Policy on Flood Zone Fires

Fire officials in Cedar Rapids say they have a different policy for battling fires at buildings vacated by the city’s historic 2008 floods. The Gazette reports Cedar Rapids Fire Department spokesman Greg Buelow says firefighters are expected to keep fires …

SoCal Fire is Reminder Worst Could be Ahead

A 4-square-mile wildfire in a rural San Diego County community has destroyed roughly a dozen homes and has left one man dead, a sober reminder the state has a large number of high risk homes and that Southern California’s peak …

Improved Ratings in Louisiana Fire Districts Expeted to Lower Insurance Rates

Homeowners in Gross Tete and Rosedale, La., can expect to see a dramatic drop in their fire insurance rates. Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon tells The Advocate the rate decreases, effective July 9, have been made possible because of fire …