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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s back to class for some students. Electricity is restored to most of UMBC after a power outage closed campus for four days.

Andrea Fujii explains not everything is up and running.

The failure of a power substation switch caused the fire Thursday night at UMBC, which left the entire campus in the dark until Sunday night.

Summer classes are back in session.

“Everything’s good right now, nothing surprising,” said Simba Marufu, UMBC student.

That’s except for the student dorms that were evacuated because of the outage. As of Monday morning, they were still without electricity.

That didn’t stop Corina Spanu from moving in.

“I was hoping that when they said campus would be up and running today it would be from the morning and I don’t think that’s going to happen until later,” said Spanu.

Students living on campus were moved to another on campus facility powered by a generator, but that didn’t please everyone.

“Without any apologies they just say, ‘Well this happens, this explodes and we have this problem,’” said Paula Borrego, UMBC grad student.

The school says they’ve installed a bigger transformer to prevent future outages. This gives a little comfort to Spanu who’s left with a dark first impression.

“I’m hoping this doesn’t happen again as long as I stay here,” said Spanu, UMBC intern.

School officials say it might take until Wednesday to get power restored to the stadium, the storage warehouses and facilities management.

Power has since been restored to all residence halls and health services.

School officials say the fire that caused the outage was not the result of foul play.

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