Insurance Not Likely to Cover Corral Fire Damage

October 8, 2013

Insurance policies belonging to the Montana man who started the 2012 Corral fire likely won’t be enough to cover the damage to surrounding properties.

Attorneys tell the Independent Record in a story on Saturday that Robert Fitte has about $1.3 million in coverage to be divided among more than 30 people who suffered losses.

Corral fire. Photo: Inciweb/KXLH, Helena
Corral fire. Photo: Inciweb/KXLH, Helena

Fitte started the fire to burn slash from a 70-foot tree he cut down to protect his home-based business and home.

Fitte had a burning permit and says he took steps to put the fire out.

The Corral fire spread two days later when high winds sent out a spark from the remnants of the fire on June 26, 2012.

The fire burned about a week, growing to 3 square miles and destroying four homes.

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