Transformer fire downs power in four UK buildings, facilities closed until Monday


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Sydney Momeyer

Four University of Kentucky buildings will be closed until Monday due to a Thursday morning fire. 

A transformer in Bowman Hall caught fire resulting in power outages in Bowman and other buildings on Rose Street, a University of Kentucky press release said.

According to the press release, the fire was contained to the basement of Bowman Hall. Though the fire was contained, power outages are still an issue on campus.

Along with Bowman, Breckinridge, Kincaid and Bradley halls are also without power and will remain closed until Monday.

“There were no injuries in the fire, nor has there been any significant structural damage reported to Bowman Hall or the other buildings,” UKPR said. “UK Physical Plant workers are working to replace the transformer, along with high voltage wiring, that was damaged.”

While UK Physical Plant workers are being brought on site to fix the transformer, an emergency generator is being brought in to protect research equipment in the affected buildings. 

“Administrators with impacted programs will be contacting employees regarding work schedules for the remainder of the week,” UKPR said.