Balcombes offer support to Irish Canadian wildfire victims
Managing Director, Jim Flannery made contact through Facebook with the Irish owner of Paddy McSwiggans Irish Bar after reading about their evacuation in The Irish Sun newspaper. The owner responded with gratitude and has posted Balcombes offer of help on their page and on the Fort McMurray page.
The wildfires started 6 days ago and already some 1,600 buildings have been destroyed and over 80,000 residents evacuated from Fort McMurray.
The wildfires are covering an area in excess of 1,000 acres and is feared could double in size over the weekend. That would equate to over twice the size of County Dublin.
The population of Fort McMurray evacuated is akin to the evacuation of Limerick.
Balcombes have offered to give free advice and support to the Irish community who have lost property in the devastating fires. We deal with fire claims all the time but it is hard to imagine the scale of this disaster.
The importnt thing is the protection against loss of life; and material possessions can be replaced. However, the sense of loss and devastation can be overwhelming for those affected. “We will provide advice on-line and by telephone to include a review of policy coverage and the claims process. If necessary we will travel to Fort McMurray when it is safe to go there,” said Mr Flannery