MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ A major power blackout hit Manila, the sprawling Philippine capital of 9 million people, hours before dawn Saturday.

Local radio carried scattered reports of a fire at a power station in Batangas, south of the capital, that also knocked out electricity to at least some of surrounding Luzon Island.

Police and utility officials could not be immediately reached for comment. The power went off just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday and had not been restarted 90 minutes later.

From a tall apartment building, the absence of street and traffic lights left the entire city black. Backup generators and car headlights were responsible for a few sprinklings of light in the city that often parties until late into the night.