Property Insurance News

05/21/2018 01:00 PM
Extensive Damage To Oklahoma Home Burned After Lightning Strike
It was a terrifying ordeal for one metro family as lightning struck their children’s bedroom¸ sparking a fire as smoke filled their home. The two little boys’ beds were only feet away from where the lightning struck¸ something their parents said may have saved their lives. "If the lightning hadn’t have hit the house¸ I don’t think they would have woken up¸’" said their mother¸ Lacie Belcher. "The end story wouldn’t have been the same." Lacie and her husband¸ Ray¸ said it all happened very fast. They were asleep in the early morning hours Wednesday when the sound of lightning woke them up.

05/21/2018 09:15 AM
Florida Adjuster Gets 20 Years For $14M Fraud
A Florida man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for setting homes on fire in an insurance scam. Jorge Fausto Espinosa Sr.¸ who owned the public adjuster company Nationwide Adjusters¸ pleaded guilty to racketeering¸ racketeering conspiracy¸ organized scheme to defraud¸ more than 28 counts of arson¸ and multiple counts of insurance fraud and grand theft¸ according to local news affiliate ABC 10. In addition to his prison sentence¸ Espinosa must pay $1.9 million in restitution. Prosecutors said that Espinosa was one of several people charged in a series of investigations.

05/17/2018 01:30 PM
Summit Of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Erupts¸ Launching Plume Of Ash And Smoke
An eruption from the Kilauea volcano’s summit shot ash and smoke into the air early Thursday on Hawaii’s Big Island¸ and the resulting plume is expected to cover the surrounding area¸ according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Nearby residents are being asked to shelter in place if they are in the path of the ash plume¸ which the wind is carrying to the southeast of the volcano. "Driving conditions may be dangerous so if you are driving pull off the road and wait until visibility improves¸" an alert from the observatory warned.

05/17/2018 10:30 AM
Out-of-State Adjusters Being Utilized To Expedite Storm Damage Claims
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the Connecticut Insurance Department has activated its emergency adjuster program that allows insurance companies to quickly register their out-of-state adjusters and bring them into the state to help with claims of property and auto damage. The Governor explained activating this protocol will help expedite the many anticipated claims resulting from the severe storms that impacted the state on Tuesday afternoon. "Residents and businesses who suffered damage from yesterday’s storms will understandably be seeking assistance with their insurance companies¸" Governor Malloy said.

05/17/2018 09:45 AM
Flash Flooding Leaves Its Mark On Frederick¸ Maryland
The YMCA of Frederick County was among several buildings in and around Frederick¸ Maryland¸ that were damaged by severe weather and flash flooding that hit the area Tuesday night. “It is significant damage¸” said the facility’s CEO Chris Colville. “We got about half a dozen pumps pumping water out of the pool area and the basement.” According to Colville¸ the building had 8 to 10 feet of water in its basement. It isn’t the first time the YMCA has dealt with this kind of thing. In 2015¸ the building sustained more than $1 million in damage from a severe storm.

05/17/2018 09:00 AM
NWS Confirms Two Tornadoes Struck Four Connecticut Communities
The National Weather Service said late Wednesday that Tuesday’s killer storm included two separate tornadoes that struck four Connecticut communities — Beacon Falls¸ Hamden¸ Oxford and Southbury. Other towns¸ including Brookfield¸ were hit with macrobursts packing “maximum wind speeds of 100-110 mph¸” according to the NWS. Two people were killed and residents throughout the state spent Wednesday morning sifting through damaged homes and businesses¸ recounting harrowing stories of how they endured the quick-moving storm that sent gusting winds¸ drenching rain and hail as big as baseballs.

05/16/2018 11:45 AM
Hawaii Lava Damage Will Be Covered¸ Says Commissioner Gordon Ito
The Hawaii lava damage caused by Kilauea’s eruption will be covered by homeowners insurance policies¸ said Hawaiian Insurance Commissioner¸ Gordon Ito. Ito made it clear that homes damaged or destroyed by the lava flow into a Big Island neighborhood will be covered. This should come as a relief to homeowners previously uncertain as to their coverage¸ as reported by Live Insurance News. Ito is well aware of the type of Hawaii lava damage coverage homeowners can expect to have on their policies. He has been insurance commissioner in the state for eight years.

05/16/2018 09:30 AM
Woman Killed In 'Suspicious’ Explosion At Aliso Viejo Office Building
A woman was killed in an explosion that rocked an Aliso Viejo medical office building Tuesday afternoon. Authorities called the explosion suspicious but did not reveal many further details. Both federal and local investigators were on the scene. Two law enforcement sources told The Times the expolsion was likely caused by a package that was delivered to the location¸ but cautioned that it would be speculative to say the blast was intentional. Local authorities are leading the investigation. At least one person died inside the building and three others were injured¸ said Tony Bommarito¸ a spokesman for the Orange County Fire Authority.

05/16/2018 08:45 AM
Tornado Confirmed¸ Fatalities During Severe Weather In Connecticut
One man was killed in Danbury during severe storms that moved through Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon¸ according to the mayor. Another person was killed in New Fairfield during the storms¸ according to state police. Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said a man was killed in the Candlewood Lake area. Boughton said the man was mowing a lawn and when the storm came he sheltered in a truck. A tree came down on the truck¸ killing him. State police said the person who died in New Fairfield was in a car when a tree fell at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday.

05/15/2018 01:30 PM
Rash Of Fires Sparked By Improperly Discarded Smoking Materials
The fire that tore through a Centreville¸ Virginia¸ town house community earlier this month was sparked by smoking materials that had been improperly discarded¸ fire officials said Monday. Several of the houses were engulfed in flames¸ a total of 13 were damaged and three dozen people were displaced. The losses from the May 2 blaze are estimated at $2.2 million¸ the Fairfax County County Fire and Rescue Department said in a news release. The town house blaze was one of three major fires that broke out in Fairfax County on the same day earlier this month¸ said Ashley Hildebrandt¸ a public information officer with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue.