The north campus at the University of Kentucky was left without heat after a fire broke out at a boiler plant Friday night, but heat had been restored by Saturday morning.
Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Nantz said firefighters were called at 9:50 p.m. to UK's boiler plant after a boiler caught fire. The plant sits near the corner of Upper and Bolivar streets.
The fire was difficult to extinguish because of the amount of smoke; additionally, firefighters had to make sure the boiler didn't overheat and explode, Nantz said.
The university has its own fire marshal, and UK will be assessing the damages, Nantz said.
UK spokesman Jay Blanton said Saturday that officials were still evaluating the situation. He said the fire was caused by an "equipment failure."
Buildings without heat Friday night were Taylor Education Building and Dickey Hall, which are the College of Education complex, and warehouses for the College of Fine Arts in the Reynolds Building.
Blanton said other boilers are available to handle the load to those buildings, and they are expected to be open and operational by Monday.
Outbound lanes on Upper Street were shut down as firefighters worked.
Thank you to the UK team and Lexington firefighters who worked so hard last night to protect our campus and operations.— Eli Capilouto (@UKYpres) March 28, 2015