A major fire at Puerto Rico’s main power plant, Luma, left more than 400,000 people without power on Thursday, causing outages across the island.
The company announced on Twitter that at around 6:00 p.m. local time, “a fire broke out in a transformer at the San Juan substation” and that it had caused “major blackouts across the island.”
Likewise, the company initially stated that 400,000 people were affected by the fire, but the latest information says the incident continues to affect 200,000 and that they continue to “restore service”.
The Mayoress of the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, has stated on the same social network that “the first reports are that 1.2 million are without electricity” and mentioned the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and the Calling for help from Puerto Rican Democratic Congressman Nydia Velázquez to avoid a crisis like Hurricane María.
The FBI spokesman in Puerto Rico, Limary Cruz Rubio, has opened an investigation to determine whether the fire was an accident or a criminal act, according to the newspaper “El Nuevo Día”.