Mobile fire insurance premiums may rise

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile's fire-rescue chief says a downgrade
in fire protection rating is likely to boost insurance premiums the
most for homeowners just outside the city limits.

Fire-Rescue Chief Steve Dean said Tuesday that while city residents also could see their premiums rise, the biggest change should be in Mobile's extended fire jurisdiction.

That area extends up to 3 miles outside the city.

Mobile this week announced the downgrade by the Insurance Service Office, a research company.

Many insurance companies use the rating when setting insurance
premiums.

The ISO downgraded the fire rating inside the city from 3 to 4
on a 10-point scale.

In the extended jurisdiction, the rating dropped to a 5 in most areas, and to a 9 or 10 in more remote sections.


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