Skip to comments.Man on oxygen dies 12 minutes after crews shut off power to prevent more fire in California
Posted on 10/11/2019 5:36:27 PM PDT by fruser1
Northern California fire officials say a man dependent on oxygen died about 12 minutes after Pacific Gas and Electric shut down power to the area as part of a massive effort to prevent fire.
El Dorado County Fire Chief Lloyd Ogan said Friday that fire personnel responded to a call in Pollock Pines that came in after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
He said crews arrived to find an unresponsive man in his 60s and were unable to revive him.
Ogan said the man's oxygen equipment required power but could not say whether the shutdown was related to his death.
PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith said it has not been able to confirm the accuracy of the report.
reminds me of that scene on AIRPLANE with the little girl
Just incidental collateral damage in the Holy War on freedom and prosperity.
“PG&E spokesman Jeff Smith said it has not been able to confirm the accuracy of the report.”
I’ll the word of a fire chief as being very accurate and true.
I wonder how much they’ll end up paying once they are sued by the man’s family? And can they be accused of murdering the man as by he was essentially choked to death by their cutting off the power to the machine that provided him oxygen?
I have said how PSE&G is in a lose-lose situation.
They will be sued for something that happens because they shut the power off, and if they hadn’t shut the power off and a wildfire started in their service area, they’d be sued due to damages incurred from that fire.
If they had not been required to spend the extra billions they had to spend meeting the state’s “green” mandates on the utility companies ($2.8 billion extra buying “renewable” power when less expensive power was available from the grid) - they would have been able to do more of the line maintenance and upgrades they needed to do before last years wild fires. Now they are in bankruptcy.
"Marie Aldea of Pollock Pines said her 67-year-old father Robert Mardis Sr. was asleep when the electricity went out around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday and likely couldn't wake up in time to get his back up machine, which ran on battery.
"We were all asleep, we heard my mom scream. She was crying," she told KTXL-TV in Sacramento . "My dad went down in her arms, he was going for this oxygen machine."
There were enough warnings, it’s a shame someone didn’t think about this man and get him to safety.
As big as the black outs were, were there no shelters for people dependent on medical devices.
aren’t people normally given an oxygen tank as a backup to the concentrator?
PG&E and California will say that it was ‘HIS’ fault
Wife has IPF and is on permanent oxygen. We also keep quite a few bottles of oxygen handy and a generator ready, just in case.
It seems like he should have been prepared, at least somewhat, for a power outage since they occur all the time and without warning usually.
Criminal negligence seems like a probability.
There’s some sort of negligence charge in there but who would get charged?
But the lawsuit will be brutal.
I figured warning would have been all over the TV etc. considering the situation there.
Though i’d be lying if i said i knew the situation that well
Roaming blackouts? Why?
Best synopsis I've read so far.
GOVERNOR NEWSOM! WHERE ARE YOU? RIGHT, BANNING SMALL PLASTIC BOTTLES FROM HOTELS.
Keep voting for Democrats.
sad...but this was predictable.
This makes for a heart rendering story, but the fact is that there are about 40,000,000 people in California. That means that about one person dies every minute.
Sounds like a coincidence to me. The fact that he could not breathe without oxygen tanks and he suddenly suffocated to death for no reason a few minutes after they cut off power to his oxygen equipment are totally unrelated.
I bet it's Trump's fault.
I understand Tesla and other EV owners are stalled in traffic too.
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