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Insurance dispute holds up demolition of fatal fire site

Posted May 7, 2008

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— A property-value dispute is holding up the demolition of a house destroyed by fire a year ago.

The May 7, 2007, fire at 1884 Memorial Church Road, in Fremont, claimed the lives of Shannon Minshew and her 77-year-old, bed-ridden grandmother, Mayola Waddell. Firefighters found Minshew's body on top of Waddell. She had been trying to save her, investigators said.

"It's horrible we have to see it every day, whenever we go somewhere," said Minshew's daughter, Brandy Hall, who lives behind the charred home.

Other family members live next door and directly across the street. The entire family is fighting with Nationwide Insurance to get the house demolished.

Nationwide declined to comment on the matter Wednesday, but Minshew's family says the insurance company has not determined how much it is willing to pay on the property.

The family says it doesn't care about the money. They only want to have the charred remains of the home removed.

"It's hurting all of us even worse, and we're getting tired of seeing it every day," Minshew's son, Tyler Hall, said. "It needs to be torn down."

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  • bluford2 May 8, 2008

    This is typical of a major fire claim. the same exact thing happened to us, in fact it took over 2 years to settle our claim with Allstate.

  • shellbelle May 8, 2008

    Wow - a year and still no determination from the insurance company? That's a shame.