Vandals spray fire extinguisher in WWU building


BELLINGHAM - Vandals struck three academic buildings at Western Washington University Monday night, Jan. 6, pushing a couch down a stairway, discharging a fire extinguisher and damaging a bulletin board, according to university officials.

University police and the Bellingham Fire Department responded to the biology building at about 8 p.m., after the discharged fire extinguisher set off the building's fire alarm, university spokesman Paul Cocke said. People in the building had to be cleared when the alarm went off.

At around the same time, someone pushed a couch down the stairs in the chemistry building and bent a bulletin board in the engineering technology building. Police believe the incidents are all related.

No damage estimate was available, though Cocke said it would not be too expensive to clean up.

A similar incident occurred in the first week of January during the university's winter break, when a fire extinguisher was discharged in another academic building on campus. Classes were back in session on Tuesday.

Academic buildings are generally locked up at night after the last class or use of the building is complete, Cocke said.

Police don't have any suspects but are investigating the incidents. Anyone with information is encouraged to call university police at 360-650-3555.

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