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Hurricane blamed for fire death in Prospect, Conn.
Conn. governor says Hurricane Irene apparently to blame for person killed in Prospect fire
By The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ' 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.

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. Malloy says 200,000 customers are already without power.

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

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