Large swaths of Argentina were left without power on Wednesday afternoon after a blackout in the national grid caused by the fires, officials said, as the country endures a major heat wave that has increased energy demand. .
Parts of the capital Buenos Aires and the central regions of Santa Fe, Neuquén, Córdoba and Mendoza were plunged into darkness, according to a statement from the Energy Secretariat.
Delays and cancellations of trains after a massive blackout left overheated travelers stranded in Buenos Aires.
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The country’s economy ministry has requested an investigation into how the fire started.
The country has been hit by several blackouts since January amid high power demand.
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