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SUMMIT PARK — There are good reasons insurance companies drop customers from their homeowner’s policies: non-payment, not taking care of the property, or too many claims.
None of that applied to Peter Ingle, who has lived in his home nestled in the forests of Summit Park for 25 years.
In August 2021, his neighborhood was evacuated when faulty parts on a passing vehicle sparked the Parley’s Canyon Fire off Interstate 80. The fire burned more than 500 acres.
The wildfire triggered a visit from Ingle’s homeowners insurance company, Allstate, shortly thereafter.
“My insurance company called and said they’re coming out to just check out the areas around our homes to make sure they’re sort of fire safe,” Ingle said. “We didn’t think much of it.”
In November 2021, Ingle said he got bad news: Allstate was dropping his insurance.
Ingle called his insurance agent, who assured Ingle he was working with Allstate to change their minds.
When February came around, Ingle’s agent still didn’t have good news.
“He goes, ‘The reality isn’t your property, it’s the adjacent that’s the problem,” Ingle explained.
In the letter sent to Ingle from Allstate, the reason given for