Power Plant Fire Leave Puerto Rico in the Dark

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Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico citizens are lighting candles, kerosene lamps, and going in troves to bars that had the foresight to get a generator after a power plant fire left 1.5 million utility customers in the dark for at least 24 hours. 

The power loss disrupted business and created major traffic delays from downed traffic lights.

The Electric Power Authority reported via Twitter that a fire ignited at a substation of Aguirre Power Plant.  The aging infrastructure has made customers accustomed to black outs, but 24 hours is longer than usual.  

The largest issue with the black out is the loss in business.  Many businesses aren't lucky enough to have generators.  Puerto Rico is in economic turmoil, and the loss of earnings will hurt the economy quite a bit.

The utility customers are making the best of it though.  They came outside, sat on stoops, talked with neighbors, and grilled.  Not a bad way to spend a warm night. 

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