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Man on oxygen dies minutes after power shutdown

UPDATE 10/11/2019 4:25 p.m.

The daughter of a Northern California man who died when his oxygen equipment failed during a planned power shutdown says she doesn’t understand why Pacific Gas & Electric Co. turned off the electricity.

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

Marie Aldea told KTXL-TV in Sacramento Friday 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 around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Mardis, who had been sleeping, died about 12 minutes after the shut down.

A PG&E spokesman said earlier Friday that it had not confirmed the accuracy of the report.

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