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Higher Premiums for Wood Roofs

August 12, 1990

Regarding renewed discussions about wood roofs "Fires Fan Wood-Roof Debate" (Aug. 5):

I'm from West Texas, where there is nothing to burn in wildfires; however, the type of roof is taken care of there, fairly and equitably, by the fire insurance companies. Those wanting wood roofs must pay higher premiums, sometimes prohibitively high.

Why wouldn't this work in California? Consider the burden lifted from city and county officials who must deal with special wood interests. It also appears that in California persons with fire-resistant roofs are forced to subsidize the wood-roof owners by paying higher premiums.

WALTER R. STUDHALTER

Woodland Hills

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