Fire Death In Prospect Believed Hurricane-Related

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.


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