Santa Rosa man dies after PG&E power shut-off


Gerald Niimi, who was originally from Hawai‘i, 75, passed away in his sleep in the aftermath of one of the PG&E Bay Area power shut-offs on Oct. 15, according to The Press Democrat.

He had been using oxygen machines to breathe due to a diagnosis of lung disease, the news outlet reported.

PG&E spokeswoman, Deanna Contreras, declined to comment on details of the incident, but told the Nichi Bei Weekly via e-mail, “We do not have the details of this incident, but our hearts go out to the family for their loss.”

In anticipation of “gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk,” the company implemented multiple electricity shut-offs prior to the wildfires striking the area.

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