Published: March 4, 2009
Fire-hit Brean couple are still waiting for insurance pay-out

A Brean couple who lost their home in a devastating fire are still waiting for their insurance company to pay them compensation more than three months since the horror blaze. broke the news last November that a devastating fire had swept through a wooden chalet owned by Brean beach warden Ron Sharrard and his wife Angela.

Fire crews from across the county tackled the blaze, pictured here, but they could not save the property or the couple's two Yorkshire Terriers inside.

This week, Ron told that he and his wife are still waiting for insurance funding.

"We've not been paid a penny yet despite spending many days on the phone trying to pursue it," he said.

"Last week, we approached BBC Watchdog about the delays and this spurred the company on to contact us and promise an interim payment of £5,000 - but that will only cover our rental for the last few months, not the rebuilding of our home."

The couple have recently submitted a planning application to Sedgemoor District Council to gain permission to rebuild their home on the same site at Brean Cove, but Ron says the work won't go ahead until the insurance money comes through.

"We can't do anything until that payout is made," he explained. "The insurance company just seems to be dragging its heels over the whole matter, possibly because of the current financial claimte."

"We're living with friends at the moment and thank them any everyone else who has helped us over the last few months."

Despite the traumatic fire, the couple married in Brean's St Bridget's Church in December in front of family, friends and supporters. Following a community fundraising campaign, the grateful couple were presented with a pair of honeymoon tickets in January, worth £560, for a fortnight's holiday in Fuerteventura.


In photos: Fire-hit couple tie the knot
Pub gig raises hundreds towards couple's honeymoon
Brean fire couple thanks community
BBC Points West interview with couple [External link]
Video coverage of Brean blaze
Electrical fault blamed for the Brean blaze
Photos of the blaze at Brean chalet home


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