Hurricane blamed for fire death in Prospect, Conn.

AP News
Posted: Aug 28, 2011 8:57 AM
Hurricane blamed for fire death in Prospect, Conn.

Connecticut authorities say a person killed by a fire is apparently the state's first death related to Hurricane Irene.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says police believe the fire was caused by wires knocked down at a house in Prospect, southwest of Hartford.

A spokesman for state police, Lt. J. Paul Vance, says one person also was severely injured. Troopers are at the scene.

Irene is knocking down utility lines and causing power outages across the shoreline. The storm center is forecast to make landfall in the Stamford area around 11 a.m. as a weak hurricane or a strong tropical storm. More than 350,000 customers are already without power.

Malloy also closed the Merritt and Wilbur Cross parkways because they are already littered with debris. He also has ordered a tractor trailer ban on all roads across the state.