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Explosion Reported at UO Health Center

[UPDATE] 12:30 p.m. — UO roads and walkways are now open as fire crews clear the scene near the health center. We’re waiting for details from officials.

EUGENE, Ore. — Emergency crews are responding to a possible explosion at the University of Oregon Health Center.

Dispatch received a call at about 10 a.m. Monday, the first day of winter term classes.

Several fire trucks and emergency vehicles are surrounding the health center as officials investigate.

So far, crews think it might be an electrical malfunction underground between the health center and the dorms.

They’ve shut down power to multiple dorms and the health center to ensure firefighters can examine the situation safely.

According to the Health Center’s voice mail message, the center is closed and any appointments students set for Monday have been cancelled.

University officials are working with the Eugene Police Department, UO Police Department and Eugene and Springfield Fire Department to secure the situation. Officials say no one is in danger. Students received emergency text messages from the school that they should keep out of the area.

According to the university’s emergency alerts page, Agate Street is closed between 13th and 15th avenues to vehicle traffic and will most likely be closed until the afternoon. University officials say intermittent power outages have also been reported around the area.

We will update this story as more information is released.

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