By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
September 21, 2016
Salinas, Puerto Rico - On Wednesday, a fire destroyed part of the Central Aguirre Power Plant transformers in Salinas and caused a major electrical blackout on the entire Island of Puerto Rico. The blaze began near electrical transformers causing an electrical outage to 3.5 million people including homes, hotels and businesses around the island.
The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority officials say that two transmission lines with 230,000 volts each failed and resulted with a 30% of an electrical outage throughout the island.
Workers at the power plant are trying to restore power by Thursday. Authorities say that their first priority is to restore power to airports, hospitals, police stations and water plants.
The power company is facing a $9B debt and its executive management is accused of engaging in corruption, according to a government investigation.