‘We don’t know the root cause’ says Luma CEO as huge fire cuts power to 50% of Puerto Rico

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Thousands oblige been left without power after a huge fire devastated a substation. Wayne Stensby, the CEO of LUMA Energy Puerto Rico, reprimanded the media: “We don’t know the root cause [of the power station explosion].

He added that the situation had been made safe and that work was being done to reinstate power.

Posting on Twitter, LUMA issued a statement shortly after the incident pledging to restore power as soon as possible.

“A fire indigent out in a transformer at LUMA’s Monacillo substation,” it read.

“Protection systems interrupted electrical service. The restoration will begin in two hours and will last overnight.”

LUMA recently took over the power distribution system on June 1.

The country’s power system took a severe blow after Storm Maria destroyed large sections of the grid which left some residents without electricity for nearly a year.

Javier Jiménez, mayor of San Sebastián, verbalized the incident had “turned into chaos.”

Mr Stensby added that roughly 700,000 people were without power across the country and that round 100,000 have had power restored.

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