Pearson-McGonigle power outages caused by melted cable

Two power outages have closed Pearson-McGonigle Hall during the last four days.

A university spokesman said power was lost around 6:15 a.m. Friday when a cable melted at a weak part in a transformer located in Pearson Hall’s basement. This caused the main breaker for the building to trip, preventing further damage to the transformer but resulting in the outage.

He added that power was restored around 11:15 a.m. Friday, and all activities were cancelled for the day except for a afternoon basketball practice.

A TU Alert was sent out about the power failure at around 8:40 a.m. Friday.

Another TU Alert was sent out today about another power outage in Pearson-McGonigle at around 2:30 p.m. The spokesman said the outage occurred because Friday’s repair to the cable didn’t hold, and that workers are still fixing the cable.

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