August 26, 1988
On this day, a switch failure at an Indianapolis Power and Light power station produced an hour long blackout of campus buildings. Buildings south of Michigan Street and the University Place hotel and conference center (now The Tower dorm and Hine Hall) were without power from approximately 8:25 a.m. for about an hour. Many students got an early break when faculty canceled their classes; other instructors moved classes outside. As the Natatorium and the hotel had emergency generators, power returned quickly to those buildings. According to the student newspaper, The Sagamore, the fluctuation in power tripped a fire alarm in one building, prompting the Indianapolis Fire Department to dispatch several fire trucks and rescue personnel to campus. None was hurt during the blackout.
For many years, IUPUI fire prevention inspectors have worked diligently to ensure campus facilities are safe for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Fire Department stations located nearby respond quickly to alarms and actual fires.
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