UPDATE: University Center at Webster U Reopens After Morning Evacuation
The building, which is near the gym, was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. because of a malfunctioning transformer. Electricity has been temporarily rerouted, and the building has been reopened.
UPDATE 11:21 a.m.: The faulty transformer has been assessed and repairs will take place after building business hours, university officials say. Electricity has been temporarily rerouted so that the University Center building can be safely brought back online and immediately reopened.
UPDATE 10:23 a.m.: The evacuation of the University Center is now expected to last several more hours as it has been determined that the transformer belongs to the university and not to Ameren UE, according to university officials. Schaeffer Electric has been called to assess and repair the broken transformer.
Original story: The University Center at Webster University was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
That's because an electrical transformer in the center began emitting smoke, university officials say. The Webster Groves Fire Department and Ameren UE are investigating the situation, but it does not appear that there is any danger.
However, all activities scheduled in the building are cancelled until the situation is resolved, university officials said.
Patch will provide further updates as they become available.