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Industry officials say the severe winter of 2015 is behind the rate hikes. (Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

More Massachusetts homeowners are seeing higher insurance bills as several smaller companies follow industry leaders in raising rates after last year’s damaging winter storms, The Boston Globe reported.

About a dozen home insurance companies have increased average rates between 4% and 10% in recent weeks, or will do so soon, according to filings with the Massachusetts Division of Insurance. This follows increases by two of the state’s largest insurers, Webster, Mass.-based Mapfre USA Corp. and Boston-based Safety Insurance Co., which each boosted homeowner premiums by an average of about 9% last year, the newspaper reported.

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