One apparently storm-related death is reported in Connecticut. One person died in a house fire in Prospect shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday. The cause remains under investigation, but firefighters found a downed utility line at the scene, while the rest of the neighborhood did have electricity. Governor Dannel Malloy told reporters at his 7 a.m. briefing that the death is tentatively attributed to Hurricane Irene.
The victim was found in a back room of the house. A second person was able to get out.
Mayor Bob Chatfield, who is also day fire commander in the volunteer fire department, says the fire was well established when a police officer arrived at the scene, with flames coming out the downstairs windows.