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Firefighters put out small fire at Stanford Maples Pavilion

 

Firefighters have extinguished a small electrical fire at Stanford Maples Pavilion, according to an emergency alert sent out to the Stanford University community.

The fire, which broke out shortly after 2 p.m. on Monday, burned a small section of the roof of the university's basketball arena, at 655 Campus Drive. According to Palo Alto firefighters, it was was caused by an electrical ballast, a device that limits the electric current in a circuit.

Firefighters from the Palo Alto and Mountain View departments were called to the building at 2:13 p.m. The building was evacuated while firefighters extinguished the fire.

The fire was put out at 3:01 p.m., university spokesman Brad Hayward said. Crews stayed on scene to perform inspection and clean-up.

No injuries were reported and damage was minimal, Hayward said. The pavilion will remain closed this afternoon, he added.

The fire is thought to be related to a power outage that is affecting 23 buildings, university officials said. The outage is a result of deconstruction work occurring at the former site of the Cardinal Cogeneration Plant.

Officials were working in the afternoon to restore power to the buildings affected. The Lands, Buildings and Real Estate (LBRE) Operations Center is communicating directly with building managers about the power outage, according to university officials. Power should be restored at 6 p.m.

The buildings affected by the power outage include: Knight Management Center, McMurtry Building, Anderson Collection, Cantor Art Museum, Green Library East Wing, Lou Henry Hoover Building, Herbert Hoover Memorial Building, Alumni Center, Littlefield Center, Frost Amphitheater, Bing Concert Hall, Maples Pavilion, Arrillaga Sports Center, Avery Aquatic Center, Taube Tennis Stadium, Varsity Tennis Courts, Burnham Pavilion, Taube Tennis South, Angell Field South, Angell Field North, Sunken Diamond Lights, Arrillaga Gym and Weight Room and Lathrop Library.

Police blocked off traffic on Campus Drive and Serra Street, Campus and Galvez Street, Campus and Nelson Mall and Campus between Bonair Siding Road and Sam McDonald Mall while responders were putting out the fire. The roads were re-opened at 3:12 p.m., according to university officials.

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