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Northern Puerto Rico hit by blackout due to fire at power substation

12 February 2018

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Officials with Puerto Rico's power company say they have now restored power to most of the people hit by a blackout overnight after a fire and explosion at a substation.

The island's utility company said electricity had been restored to 75% capacity after Hurricane Maria decimated the US territory in late September.

The cause of the blast remains unknown, but no injuries were reported.

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The island's electric power authority tweeted that around 400 megawatts of power generation were lost. As of around 9:15 p.m., Cruz tweeted that it appeared the fire had been nearly totally extinguished, and there were reports that parts of San Juan were getting electricity back.

Ambulances are seen at the entrance of an electric substation in Monacillo, on the outskirts of San Juan, Puerto Rico, after an explosion and fire was reported on February 11.

She told CNN that light was already beginning to return to several areas, but that she didn't know the percentage of people with or without power in San Juan.

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The hurricane tore through Puerto Rico with 155-mile-per-hour winds and pummeled the island with more than 30 inches of rain, leaving a deadly path of destruction in its wake.

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló recently announced that he planned to privatize the state-owned power company, which is $9 billion in debt and relying on infrastructure almost three times older than the industry average.

The outage has been another setback in what has been slow recovery for the territory after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September.

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Northern Puerto Rico hit by blackout due to fire at power substation