Power outage hits 19 buildings; Knight Library closed for the night

UO student Thumi Do outside Knight Library during a power outage on July 13, 2016. (Will Campbell/Emerald)

Update (9:30 p.m.): Power is being restored to all campus buildings.

Nineteen buildings at the University of Oregon have been without power since around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to UO Alerts.

Fixing the issue could take up to four hours, said Kelly McIver, UOPD’s public information officer at approximately 4:00 p.m.

The list of buildings affected includes Allen Hall, Chapman Hall, Chiles, the Computing Center, Deady Hall, Fenton Hall, Friendly Hall, Gerlinger Annex, Gilbert Hendricks Hall, Johnson Hall, the Collier House, Knight Library, Lawrence West, Lillis, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, the School of Music, Peterson Hall, Susan Campbell Hall and Villard Hall.

After the lights went out in Knight Library, a steam pipe burst in a lower-level room and Knight Library had to be evacuated. Knight Library will be closed for the night.

The power outage may have caused the steam pipe to burst, campus operations workers told the Emerald, but it’s unclear if there’s a link between the two incidents, according to McIver.

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department and UOPD have responded.

The cause of the outage is unknown, and electricians are investigating, according to McIver.

The original version of this story said there were only 18 buildings without power, because UO Alerts originally reported that. UO Alerts updated the list at 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday to include Allen Hall.

Tran Nguyen contributed to this report.

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