Fire closes four buildings on the UK campus

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A damaged transformer caused a fire that is forcing the University of Kentucky to close four of its buildings until next week.

According to the university, the transformer in Bowman Hall caught fire around 10 a.m. Thursday.

That caused a small fire in the basement and a power outage in several buildings along Rose Street.

The university says power was restored to most buildings, but Bowman, Breckinridge, Kincaid and Bradley halls all remain without power.

The four buildings house some research initiatives, as well as programs that include international education, the College of Design and the Center for Research on Violence Against Women.

The buildings will remain closed until Monday.

The university says there were no injuries in the fire and no significant structural damage to Bowman Hall or the other buildings.

University of Kentucky Physical Plant workers are working to replace the transformer, along with high voltage wiring, that was damaged.

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