Fire department charging homeowners who have used cellulose insulation and then had their house catch on fire
This sounds pretty wild. Have any other jurisdictions started doing this?
To be clear, the fire department is not saying that the insulation is the cause of the fire. They are just saying that it’s a ton of extra work to be sure the fire is out in these cases and they are billing the homeowners for that work.
“The Edmonton fire department sent a man a nearly $13,000 bill after they responded to a fire that destroyed his home last fall.
In October, Woytek Stachowski’s home in the city’s south east was engulfed in flames, which resulted in extensive damage. He was in the process of submitting his insurance claim when he received a surprising invoice from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services about a month after the fire.
The invoice was for almost $13,000 and included a list of firefighting items, such as $2,200 for a vacuum truck, $285 for work lights, and extension cords and even $19 for the carbon tax.
“I said maybe by mistake this came to me,” he told CTV Edmonton. “It’s not insurance paying, they ask me to pay.”
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services said the bill was because the insulation Stachowski used in his house tends to smolder for hours and it required extra work to put out the fire.
“The cost on this invoice was for cellulose insulation removal, which is necessary to mitigate risk,” said a spokesperson from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services.
Fire officials also said that in order to declare the fire put out, they had to hire a contractor to pull down the insulation. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services deals with similar insulation several times a month and said it can lead to them sending invoices ranging from $11,000 to $13,000.”