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Insurance claims from deadly California wildfires top $11.4B

2019-01-29 16:19
The deadliest and most destructive California wildfires in a century caused insurers more than $11.4 billion in losses, the state's insurance regulator said Monday (January 28). The total amount of insured losses for the November Camp Fire, which destroyed most of the town of Paradise in northern California, jumped 25 percent since December, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara told reporters during a media event. More than 13,000 insured homes and businesses were destroyed out of more than 46,000 claims reported by insurers. The November wildfires, combined with other blazes in the state drove total 2018 insured losses to $12.4 billion. A total of 89 people died in the Camp Fire and thousands were left homeless.