A transit police officer directs the flow of traffic at an intersection in San Juan, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, after a massive blackout hit Puerto Rico Wednesday afternoon, leaving at least 1.5 million people without power overnight and into the following day. Repair crews are trying to restore electricity on the island after a fire at Aguirre power plant blacked out the entire U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Updated: 2:15 p.m. ET

(Bloomberg) – Puerto Rico declared a state of emergency Thursday as authorities worked to restore electricity to almost 1.5 million utility customers a day after a power-plant fire caused widespread blackouts.

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