Truck and vandal get blame for two telephone outages

In Guanacaste a truck broke a fiber optic line that cut off cell phone and Internet service Thursday. In Los Guidos de Desamparados a vagrant is blamed for a fire that heavily damaged fixed telephone and Internet service to about 300 persons.

The outage in Guanacaste was in Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Carrillo. The disruption was fixed by 3 p.m., according to
the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The outage was for more than three hours.

In Los Guidos, phone company officials said they believe someone set fire to cables Wednesday in order to obtain copper for resale. The fire got out of control and destroyed all of the telephone equipment at the site, the company said.

The loss was put at 68 million colons or about $138,000.

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