Wildfires breed home insurance woes, even far from flames

  • Source: KGO-TV ABC 7 San Francisco
  • Published: 09/11/2019 11:13 AM

With all the wildfires in California these past few years, homeowners have begun dealing with unprecedented difficulties with their insurance companies. And we're not talking only about areas that burned. When Sue Von Baeyer of Berkeley received the letter from Allstate Insurance saying they would not renew her homeowners policy, it left her angry, frightened, and puzzled. "They said because of the fire danger." And that, to a woman who had paid premiums for 17 years, and spent thousands of dollars more cutting back the trees around her home. Nine others on this street have received similar letters from insurance companies. It is happening in fire zones across the state. "Well it doesn't seem like insurance companies are operating in good faith. If they will insure me when nothing happens, then why not when something might happen...."


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