Court orders insurance company to pay for Surrey fire damage

Judge didn't buy claim that family started the blaze.

Court orders insurance company to pay for Surrey fire damage

An insurance firm that accused a Surrey family of setting fire to their home has been ordered to pay more than $160,000 in damages.

The Sidhu family bought a home at 13875 88 Ave. in 1990, and in 2005, purchased fire insurance from Wawanesa. On Feb. 7, 2005, the home caught fire – a blaze that was determined by investigators to be arson.

“Wawanesa refused to pay them for the loss because they allege the Sidhus deliberately started the fire in order to recover the insurance money,” Justice Trevor Armstrong wrote in his ruling made public Wednesday. “If the Sidhus deliberately started the fire, the defendant is not obliged to pay them for the repairs and other losses caused by the fire.”

However, Armstrong found no compelling proof that the Sidhus set the fire.

“On the balance of probabilities I am unable to conclude that the fire was started by or at the direction of one or more of the plaintiffs…,” he wrote.

Six years after the initial claim, the court ordered Wawanesa to pay the Sidhus $110,968 for  property loss due to the fire. Armstrong also ordered Wawanesa to pay $50,000 in punitive damages.

“I conclude that this amount will be sufficient to deter the defendant from repeating this conduct,” Armstrong found.

He was not able to determine the Sidhus’ claim of pain and suffering due to the delay in paying the claim.

@diakiw

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Lefeuvre Road, near Myrtle Avenue, was blocked to traffic on Thursday (Dec. 3) after an abandoned pickup truck was found on fire. Police are investigating to determine if there are any links to a killing an hour earlier in Surrey. (Shane MacKichan photo)
Torched truck found in Abbotsford an hour after killing in Surrey

Police still investigating to determine if incidents are linked

Surrey Pretrial in Newton. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Surrey Pretrial hit with human rights complaint over mattress

The inmate who lodged the complaint said he needed a second mattress to help him manage his arthritis

Clockwise from top left: Karen and Otto Froelich; Karen and Judy Reefschlager; Reefschlager and Karen Froelich celebrate the 25th annivesary of Northcrest Care Centre (Contributed photos)
White Rock trio recognized for being ‘pioneers in seniors’ care’

Karen and Otto Froelich and Judy Reefschlager honoured by BC Care Providers Association

Kyle Mclauchlin with his nephew, Cassius, in a photo posted to the “Kyle Mclauchlin’s road to recovery” page on gofundme.com.
Train crushes foot of Surrey man whose brother was first on the scene to help

‘We are just trying to be with him to keep him calm,” Fraser Mclauchlin says of injured sibling, Kyle

A coal-fired power plant seen through dense smog from the window of an electric bullet train south of Beijing, December 2016. China has continued to increase thermal coal production and power generation, adding to greenhouse gas emissions that are already the world’s largest. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press)
LNG featured at B.C. energy industry, climate change conference

Hydrogen, nuclear, carbon capture needed for Canada’s net-zero goal

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Needpix.com)
Pandemic has ‘exacerbated’ concerns for B.C. children and youth with special needs: report

Pandemic worsened an already patchwork system, representative says

Janet Austin, the lieutenant-governor of British Columbia, not seen, swears in Premier John Horgan during a virtual swearing in ceremony in Victoria, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. Horgan says he will look to fill gaps in the federal government’s sick-pay benefits program aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. premier says province prepared to patch holes in new federal sick-pay benefits

Horgan said workers should not be denied pay when they are preventing COVID-19’s spread

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation at the legislature, Nov. 30, 2020. (B.C. government)
Hockey team brought COVID-19 back from Alberta, B.C. doctor says

Dr. Bonnie Henry pleads for out-of-province travel to stop

Most Read