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Power Plant Fire Causes Massive Blackout in Puerto Rico

Schools and businesses were forced to close in Puerto Rico Wednesday after a fire at a power plant left 1.5 million people in the dark. Officials say two powerful transmission lines at the southern power plant, which serves most of the U.S. territory’s 3.5 million residents, failed and caused a blackout that swept across the island. “This is a very serious event,'' Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla told reporters. “The system is not designed to withstand a failure of this...

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