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Power restored, classes resume at Bilger Hall, Bilger Addition

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:16 a.m. HST, Feb 10, 2014

Classes resume today at Bilger Hall and Bilger Addition after University of Hawaii Manoa electricians and contractors restored power to the two buildings Sunday night.

In an update posted on the UH Manoa website,  the school announced that power was restored at 10 p.m. Sunday after crews worked through the weekend to bring the electricity back.

The buildings had been without power since 3:30 p.m. Thursday. UH Manoa officials said the main electrical switch in Bilger Hall, which was built in the 1960s, suffered a blown fuse, causing a domino effect as neighboring buildings lost power.

More than two dozen classes in Bilger Hall and Bilger Addition -- which house the chemistry department -- had to be canceled or relocated Friday following the outage, which initially shut power to eight major buildings and up to 13 "nonessential" buildings. The outage also took down a fifth of the university's phone lines.

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