As of Wednesday night, there have been eight storm-related deaths in the state, including that of a West Hartford woman who died in a fire at her home on Tuesday night.
Ida Schaechter, 78, was killed and her husband Harry, 82, was hospitalized after the fire at a home at 4 High Wood Road.
The fire was reported shortly after 9 p.m. Fire officials believe the fire started in a room with a fireplace.
Power was still out at the home, and the Schaechters may have been trying to heat their home, firefighters said.
Police said Tuesday that the street where the couple lived was blocked by downed trees and power lines, making it difficult for crews to get to the fire.
Firefighters said Harry Schaechter escaped the home on his own and sought help from a neighbor. He was taken toSt. Francis Hospital and Medical Centerfor observation and is expected to be OK.
Ida Schaechter was found in a bedroom. She was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford, where she had been teaching at Hillyer College since 1994, said university spokesman David Isgur.
Her online biography says she taught mathematics.
“It’s a tragedy. This is someone who was part of the university family and had been teaching here for close to 20 years. There are a lot people that will be saddened to hear the news,” Isgur said.
“This was an incredible couple, and even in their elderly age, they were still giving back,” said Sen. Beth Bye of West Hartford, a friend of the couple.