Canadian Underwriter

News Insurance

Travel trailer fire in rural Nova Scotia claims six lives

September 13, 2021 The Canadian Press

MILLVALE, N.S. – The RCMP say the bodies of six members of a family were discovered Sunday evening following a fire in a travel trailer in rural Nova Scotia. Officers were called to Mountain Road in Millvale, N.S., Sunday evening

News Insurance

GM expands Chevy Bolt electric vehicle recall to cover all model years for fire risk

August 23, 2021 The Canadian Press

General Motors says it has expanded a recall of its Chevy Bolt electric vehicles to include all model years because of a risk the battery cells could catch fire. The latest recall adds about 73,000 Bolts from the 2019 through

News Insurance

Top 3 ways Mother Nature can ruin your cottage

August 5, 2021 Canadian Underwriter

Water is often touted as “the new fire,” but not in cottage country, where fire still ranks as the Number 1 cause of loss. “In personal lines, we have seen water become the new fire, or in some cases surpass

News ClaimsClaims CanadaEngineeringInsuranceRestorationRisk

5 reasons why fire sprinklers fail, and what your clients can do about it

July 6, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Building renovations are among five common reasons for fire sprinkler failure, according to Diana Rodriguez-Zaba, a partner for ServiceMaster Restoration by Zaba, in a recent article on TheBigRedGuide.com. Typical renovation incidents that can cause failure include collisions with construction equipment,

News Insurance

Restaurant fires and how they are caused

June 30, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

Kitchen exhaust and gas connections should be near the top of a restaurant client’s risk management agenda. Improperly maintained kitchen exhaust systems are a common cause of restaurant fires, wrote Larry Anderson, editor of TheBigRedGuide.com, in a recent article. This

News Insurance

Fire-ravaged court building in Saguenay Lac-St-Jean will be rebuilt, Quebec government says

May 10, 2021 The Canadian Press

The Quebec government on Sunday announced plans to rebuild a historic courthouse in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region that was heavily damaged by fire and smoke the previous night.   Andree Laforest, the legislature member for the region, confirmed the province would help

News Insurance

Flames rip through Alberta retirement complex

May 7, 2021 The Canadian Press

ST. ALBERT, Alta. – Fire has destroyed part of a retirement complex northwest of Edmonton. Officials say three residents suffered smoke inhalation but no one has died. Flames broke out at Citadel Mews West Continuing Care Facility in St. Albert

News Insurance

Flames destroy unfinished condo in Langley, B.C., force nearby residents to evacuate

April 20, 2021 The Canadian Press

LANGLEY, B.C. – A huge fire has destroyed two six-storey condominium towers under construction in Langley, B.C. The fire broke out at around 9:30 p.m. Monday at the development in Langley’s Willoughby neighbourhood, about 45 kilometres east of Vancouver. The

News Insurance

Fire sweeps through unfinished condos in Kelowna, B.C., forcing nearby evacuations

April 8, 2021 The Canadian Press

KELOWNA, B.C. – A condominium development under construction in Kelowna, B.C., has been severely damaged in a fierce early morning blaze. Flames broke out in a new phase of the Parklane townhouse complex on Kelowna’s north side on Tuesday. Fire

News Insurance

‘Fire and ice:’ Weather leads to grass fires, slippery highways in southern Alberta

March 31, 2021 The Canadian Press

BROOKS, Alta. – A fast-moving weather system in Alberta brought both fire and ice, resulting in the evacuation of a village one day and a multi-vehicle collision that closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Medicine Hat and Calgary the next. About

News Insurance

No working smoke alarms at fatal Toronto house fire, investigators say

March 12, 2021 Liam Casey - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – There were no working smoke alarms inside a Toronto house where a fire killed four people, investigators said Friday. The Office of the Fire Marshal said an electrical failure in the ceiling of the dining room in the

News Insurance

Probe points to discarded smoking materials as likely cause of B.C. apartment building fire

February 24, 2021 The Canadian Press

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Improperly discarded smoking materials likely played a part in a recent fire in an Abbotsford, B.C., apartment building that left more than 100 people homeless. Assistant chief Ron Hull, with Abbotsford Fire Rescue Services, says the extent