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Paid Steering the Course: Course of Construction (COC) Insurance Options

June 19, 2018 Neil Jeanson, Senior Class Underwriter, XL Catlin

All it takes is a spark.  From a sander. Or errant cigarette.  And POW!  Igniting common, flammable construction materials like wood, solvents, packaging, and gasoline and turning a work in progress to a pile of ash.  It’s a powerful blow

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Cause of $25 million fire remains under investigation

June 18, 2018 The Canadian Press

BRANDON, Man. – A massive blaze that burned through historic buildings in downtown Brandon last month caused about $25 million in damages and police now say it may have been started by people. Fire crews were called to the Christie’s

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Crews fight hotspots, flare ups in large fire

June 11, 2018 The Canadian Press

COLE HARBOUR, N.S. – Fire flared up again near a popular hiking trail in Cole Harbour, N.S., as crews continued to try to put out hotspots and quench the remnants of a large blaze that forced the evacuation of dozens

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Stupid pet tricks that cost insurers

June 7, 2018 The Associated Press

ALPHA, N.J. – New Jersey authorities say a dog started a fire when it accidentally turned on an electric stove. The German shepherd and another dog were alone in the Alpha, New Jersey, home when the fire broke out late

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Contractor immune from liability in botched demolition of burning building

February 7, 2018 by David Gambrill

A trucking and excavation company in Nova Scotia is immune from tort liability because it was acting under orders from the local fire department in a botched attempt to demolish a burning building, a Nova Scotia court has ruled. The

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How to start a kitchen flood claim with the wave of a paw

February 7, 2018 by Jason Contant

Fancy kitchen faucets that start and stop with a wave of the hand–or a feline paw–have contributed to some curious flood claims. In his presentation about appliance fires and flood claims, Mazen Habash, president of forensic engineering firm Origin and

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Adjuster solves mystery of fire in the firehall

February 5, 2018 by Jason Contant

Fire claims investigations can certainly highlight life’s ironies. Consider the case of the firefighters who were called out to a blaze one day at about 3 p.m., only to return to the station and find a fire blazing in their

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No smoke alarm in home where blaze killed four

January 10, 2018 Peter Cameron - THE CANADIAN PRESS

There were no working smoke alarms in a southern Ontario home where four people were killed in a fire this week, an investigator said Wednesday, calling the deaths a “preventable tragedy.” A mother and her two young children, and an

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The $300,000 bed bug risk and other bizarre home fire claims

November 30, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials in Ohio say a 13-year-old boy trying to kill a bed bug sparked an apartment building fire that displaced eight people and caused $300,000 in damage in Cincinnati, AP reported. Officials say the fire was reported around 11 p.m.

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Fire in New Westminster, B.C. results in bridge closure, power outages

October 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

An overnight fire destroyed high voltage electrical cables attached to a bridge in New Westminster, B.C., damaging power lines and affecting about 20,000 people in the city. The cable fire knocked out electricity to the neighbourhood of Queensborough, shutting down

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Magnitude of U.K.’s Grenfell Tower fire was preventable: FM Global

October 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The magnitude of the fire that engulfed London’s Grenfell Tower in June was preventable, according to a newly released whitepaper from FM Global, one of the world’s largest business property insurers. On June 14, a massive fire broke out in

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37% of Quebec tenants have no home insurance: IBC survey

September 6, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Nearly four in 10 tenants in Quebec have no home insurance, “a regrettable situation that clearly puts their financial security at risk,” the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) said in a press release on Wednesday. A survey completed for IBC