Insurance company says Lebanon major’s house fire was likely intentional

The home of Lebanon Major Mark Messer sits empty after a fire on Aug.  14, 2021. The Ohio fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.  Messer is in his first two-year term as major.

The home of Lebanon Major Mark Messer sits empty after a fire on Aug. 14, 2021. The Ohio fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Messer is in his first two-year term as major.

Around midnight on August 14, 2021, Lebanese Major Mark Messer’s house caught fire. The house and the personal property inside were destroyed as a result.

Allstate, the Messers’ insurance company, investigated the fire and found that it was “more likely than not” intentionally caused by the actions or directions of the insured person, according to a letter filed in US District Court last week.

The investigation also found it was more likely than not that Messer misrepresented or concealed information related to the fire and property loss.

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Messer and his wife filed a lawsuit in the Warren County Court of Common Pleas against Allstate for breach of contract and bad faith in June. The lawsuit moved to the US District Court last week.

Messer’s attorney Matthew Brown said in a statement to The Enquirer that the Messers’ lives were “turned upside down” by the fire and that they’ve provided information to Allstate for many months in an effort to rebuild their house and their lives.

Brown said Allstate refused every request the Messers made to obtain information about the fire and has refused to honor its commitment to stand by its insured in times of tragedy.

“Only after they were sued did Allstate respond in an effort to cover up their failure to protect their insured in this tragedy by formulating false and salacious allegations. We look forward to presenting this case in court and

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Insurance company says Lebanon major’s house fire was likely ‘intentional’

The home of Lebanon Major Mark Messer sits empty after a fire on Aug.  14, 2021. The Ohio fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.  Messer is in his first two-year term as major.

The home of Lebanon Major Mark Messer sits empty after a fire on Aug. 14, 2021. The Ohio fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire. Messer is in his first two-year term as major.

Around midnight on August 14, 2021, Lebanese Major Mark Messer’s house caught fire. The house and the personal property inside were destroyed as a result.

Allstate, the Messers’ insurance company, investigated the fire and found that it was “more likely than not” intentionally caused by the actions or directions of the insured person, according to a letter filed in US District Court last week.

The investigation also found it was more likely than not that Messer misrepresented or concealed information related to the fire and property loss.

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Messer and his wife filed a lawsuit in the Warren County Court of Common Pleas against Allstate for breach of contract and bad faith in June.

Messer’s attorney Matthew Brown said in a statement to The Enquirer that the Messers’ lives were “turned upside down” by the fire and that they’ve provided information to Allstate for many months in an effort to rebuild their house and their lives.

Brown said Allstate refused every request the Messers made to obtain information about the fire and has refused to honor its commitment to stand by its insured in times of tragedy.

“Only after they were sued did Allstate respond in an effort to cover up their failure to protect their insured in this tragedy by formulating false and salacious allegations. We look forward to presenting this case in court and holding Allstate accountable to their insured,” Brown said.

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