Power restored to FGCU dorm

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Florida Gulf Coast University students wait in bleachers at Alico Arena to hear an update about South Village Residence Halls after a power outage forced them to evacuate on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Power was restored Thursday afternoon and students were allowed to return to their residences.

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Greg Kahn/Staff Florida Gulf Coast University students wait in bleachers at Alico Arena to hear an update about South Village Residence Halls after a power outage forced them to evacuate on Thursday, March 15, 2012. Power was restored Thursday afternoon and students were allowed to return to their residences.

Florida Gulf Coast University

10501 FGCU Blvd S., Fort Myers, FL

— Power has been restored to a Florida Gulf Coast University dorm that had been without power since just after midnight Thursday.

The outage displaced about 1,200 students who had not been allowed to return to the South Village housing complex after the state fire marshal’s office called for an evacuation mid-Thursday, university spokeswoman Susan Evans said.

Power was restored around 4:20 p.m. and students were allowed back into the dorm around 5 p.m. after the building was checked by university and fire marshal’s officials, Evans said.

The entire campus initially was affected by the outage, but power was quickly restored to all buildings except South Village, where the outage lasted about 17 hours.

EARLIER

A Florida Gulf Coast University dorm was evacuated of about 1,200 students Thursday afternoon after the building lost power shortly after midnight.

After two switch cabinets failed, the entire campus lost power, said university spokeswoman Susan Evans. Power was quickly restored to all areas except the South Village housing complex, which remained without power as of 1:45 p.m.

Evans said the state fire marshal's office ordered the evacuation Thursday afternoon. For safety reasons, students living in South Village have been asked to keep out of the building until power is restored.

Florida Power and Light Company remains on campus working to restore power, though it could not provide an estimated time when that would happen. Evans said campus officials are hopeful the power would be back on by Thursday evening, but are evaluating contingency plans in case it is not.

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