Officials: Power Shutdown Did Not Cause Death of Man on Oxygen - NBC Chicago
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Officials: Power Shutdown Did Not Cause Death of Man on Oxygen

The utility cut power to nearly 2 million people Wednesday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during dry, windy weather

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Officials: Power Shutdown Did Not Cause Death of Man on Oxygen
    Noah Berger/AP
    Firefighters work to contain a wildfire burning off Merrill Dr. in Moraga, California, on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

    An autopsy has concluded that a planned power shutdown did not cause the death of a Northern California man dependent on oxygen who died about 12 minutes after PG&E shut down power in El Dorado County, California, on Wednesday. 

    The El Dorado County Sheriff's office said Friday that 67-year-old Robert Mardis died from severe coronary disease. The office said the power outage was not a cause of his death and that the investigation has closed.

    Pacific Gas & Electric had shut off power to roughly 2 million people due to wildfire risk. It says electricity will be restored to 98% by Saturday.

    El Dorado County Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said fire crews arrived at a residence in Pollock Pines after 3:30 a.m. to find the man, in his 60s, unresponsive.

    Los Angeles Fire Chief: ‘This Is a Very Dynamic Fire’

    [NATL] Los Angeles Fire Chief: ‘This Is a Very Dynamic Fire’

    Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas updates reporters on the Saddleridge wildfire, which has burned at least 4,000 acres north of Los Angeles.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 11, 2019)

    "It's devastating beyond words," said Gov. Gavin Newsom before the autopsy's findings were released. "Losing a family member is horrific and to the extent this was the reason why I hope that is investigated and I hope those responsible are held to account."

    The death was first reported by the Mountain Democrat in Placerville.

    A PG&E spokesman said the utility has not been able to confirm the accuracy of the report. The utility cut power to nearly 2 million people Wednesday to prevent its equipment from sparking wildfires during dry, windy weather.

    Marie Aldea had previously told KCRA that her 67-year-old father Robert Mardis Sr. may have not been able to reach his battery-operated backup machine in time when the power went out.