Campus power outage leaves students in the dark

The outage lasted for 3 hours

By Madison Pfeifer | December 5, 2019 4:27pm

A power outage caused by a blown fuse lasted 3 hours. Students also had to evacuate Buckley Center after a report of the smell of gas.

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A power outage from Portland General Electric (PGE) left parts of the University of Portland campus in the dark Thursday morning. According to Vice President for University Operations Jim Ravelli, a blown fuse on a power pole caused the outage.

The outage happened around 10 a.m. and power was restored to all of campus at 1 p.m.

Ravelli said the power outage affected buildings mostly on the southern end of campus and only “a single phase of power” was out which is why not all power was out in the buildings. The power outage affected some classes and labs.

Buckley Center was evacuated earlier in the morning, due to someone reporting the smell of gas and Public Safety called the fire department. However, Portland Fire checked the building and no issues were found regarding the gas, Ravelli said. 

Maddie Pfeifer is the News and Managing Editor for The Beacon. She can be reached at