A fire at an electricity plant on Thursday, September 22 affected the service of 3.5 million Puerto Ricans, leaving them literally in the dark.
This unfortunate event is just the latest to plague Puerto Ricans whom continue to be in turmoil because of the territory's economic crisis.
Back in February, The New York Times reported that electricity is one of the biggest causes of Puerto Rico's $72 billion dollar debt.
"The power authority has been giving free power to all 78 of Puerto Rico’s municipalities, to many of its government-owned enterprises, even to some for-profit businesses — although not to its citizens," The New York Times reported. "It has done so for decades, even as it has sunk deeper and deeper in debt, borrowing billions just to stay afloat."
Governor Garcia Padilla said in a press conference that "no amount of money or maintenance" could have prevented the fire at the power plant.
He said the switch, where the fire began, had received proper maintenance.
"Given that the system is so old, numerous setbacks could occur," Garcia Padilla said.
Vivala will update this story as it develops.