A short in an electrical cord is responsible for the fire that caused $2 million in damages to the Duff Roblin building at the University of Manitoba over the weekend.

Investigators confirmed the cause Monday morning.

The fire started Saturday afternoon. Emergency crews evacuated nearby buildings and closed the campus to incoming traffic as a precaution after learning the building contained hundreds of possibly dangerous chemicals.

Classes in the building are cancelled for Monday, but have been rescheduled for other locations starting Tuesday.

Many faculty members and PhD students worked in the building and are worried they may have lost years of research.

Although the fire was contained to the fourth floor, fire officials say the every floor suffered significant water damage.

Officials are holding a meeting for the hundreds of students who are affected by the building's closure Monday at 2 p.m. in the Manitoba Room on the second floor of University Centre.

They are also posting updates on relocation plans on the university's website.