Media Advisory: Understanding the Insurance Implications Of The East Village Explosion

New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500;

NEW YORK, March 27, 2015 — Damage to insured properties caused by the explosion in the East Village area of New York City yesterday, are likely covered by standard property insurance policies, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).


Homeowners insurance policies (including condos and co-ops) typically cover damage caused by explosion, fire, smoke and building collapse. Renters who have renters insurance also have coverage for their personal possessions. Both renters and homeowners will likely have coverage for the cost of additional living expenses if their homes are uninhabitable due to damage or destruction of the property.


Business owners have coverage under their business owners or commercial policy for damage to the buildings (if they own them) and inventory as well as for the personal possessions of their employees. Business income (also known as business interruption) coverage may also apply. Business income reimburses a business owner for lost profits and continuing fixed expenses during the time that a business must stay closed while the premises are being restored because of physical damage from a covered peril, such as a fire or explosion. Business income insurance may also cover financial losses that occur if civil authorities limit access to an area after a disaster and their actions prevent customers from reaching the business premises. Depending on the policy, a business may also have glass coverage if their glass store front has been destroyed.


Cars damaged by the explosion are covered under the optional comprehension portion of an auto insurance policy.


To arrange a media interview about the insurance implications of the East Village fire and building collapse, please call the I.I.I. press office at 212-346-5500.



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