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

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LUMA’s CEO has said the cause of a huge explosion that cut off power to over 50 percent of Puerto Rico is still unknown.

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Thousands have been left without power after a huge fire devastated a substation. Wayne Stensby, the CEO of LUMA Energy Puerto Rico, told 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 restore power.

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

“A fire broke 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 continue overnight.”

Puerto Rico power cut: LUMA CEO says cause of explosion is not known (Image: Getty Images)

LUMA Tweet pledges to restore power (Image: Twitter)

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

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

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

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

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Puerto Ricans have protested agains the company following continued power cuts (Image: Getty Images)

On Thursday afternoon, LUMA representative, Jose Perez, reported that its website had become the target of a cyberattack.

He added that the power outages could have been caused by acts of sabotage or because too many people were trying to use the system at any one time.

Government Officials have urged the public to remain patient.

On Tuesday, the company said that it was aware of the many power outages affecting the country and that it was working towards “safely and strategically” returning power to the island.


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A huge explosion cut power to over 50% of the island (Image: Getty Images)

LUMA tweet says the incident has been contained (Image: Twitter)