A massive blackout has taken over Puerto Rico after a a fire occurred in an electricity plant, reports say.
About 1.5 million residents of the island are without power. According to Puerto Rico's energy company, Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica, the fire, which has been put out, caused two transmission lines of 230,000 volts to fail.
Puerto Rico’s governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla also told reporters that the fire ruined a system that gives Puerto Rico 30 percent of its electricity.
“This is a very serious event,” Padilla said. “The system is not designed to withstand a failure of this magnitude.”
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The blackout also sparked 15 fires across the island due to failing generators, but have also been put out. Authorities are also urging citizens to use their water supply sparingly because it has also been affected by the outage.
Power is expected to be restored Thursday morning.