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Corinth Methodist Church Sues Insurers Over Fire

By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today

First United Methodist Church of Corinth has filed a lawsuit over insurance issues related to a fire that damaged the church three years ago.

The church alleges that the insurers have breached the insurance policy in numerous ways. The insurers “failed to provide a complete and adequate estimate of costs” to address the fire damage and allow FUMC to rebuild, the lawsuit says.

The insurers have “repeatedly refused to properly investigate and adjust FUMC’s covered claim in a full, fair and prompt manner,” the  lawsuit asserts.

The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in Alcorn County Circuit Court, says the insurers have “failed to acknowledge that FUMC cannot rebuild without complying with the requirements of the city of Corinth intended to ensure the safety of church members and the public.”

Furthermore, the lawsuit says, “The insurers have abandoned FUMC and left it in limbo with its church facilities still in ruins.”

The fire occurred at about 2 a.m. on March 13, 2016 and caused “catastrophic damage to FUMC’s facilities, operations and ministry,” the lawsuit says. After the fire, the church moved its daycare and administrative offices to other locations in Corinth.

The lawsuit seeks a judgment awarding “all amounts” owed under the insurance policy. It also seeks attorney’s fees, punitive damages and other relief.

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