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Family Struggles to Rebuild Without Fire Insurance

The Boles Fire devastated the city of Weed nearly four years ago, taking homes and memories. While many have rebuilt, those without fire insurance are left wondering if they'll ever be able to.

Posted: Jul 12, 2018 11:26 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2018 11:27 PM

WEED, Calif.- The Boles Fire devastated the city of Weed nearly four years ago, taking homes and memories. While many have rebuilt, those without fire insurance are left wondering if they'll ever be able to. The city manager said over 60 homes were destroyed in the Boles Fire and as of today only 24 have been rebuilt.

Many of those who have not rebuilt did not have fire insurance. Without fire insurance, most people have little to no resources to rebuild in a tragedy which can make the difference between a total or temporary loss.

Sherrie Lowary lost her family home four years ago.
Lowary says, "They said a house went up on Pine Street, but they didn't say which house. It could have been any one of the ones on this street. It was a nightmare."

The Lowary's home burned to the ground in the Boles Fire.

Lowary says, "It took me a good six months to come back to this property."

Without fire insurance, for most people having little to no resources to rebuild in a tragedy can make the difference between a total or temporary loss.

Lowary says, "We have to rebuild out of our own pocket because we had no insurance the house was too old, it was one of those old company homes."

Lowary's grandfather helped build the home decades ago. He died nearly a year after the fire took the home he raised his kids in.
Today this family still hopes to rebuild.

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