Two laptops sat in a pool of water outside room 518 in McEachern Hall. A student rushed to dry them off, but it was too late. Both laptops were ruined.
A broken fire sprinkler head caused thousands of dollars in damage to personal and university property Wednesday morning in the hall.
The Pullman Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at 8:51 a.m., and WSU police arrived soon after, Lt. Steven Hansen of the WSU Police Department said. He said water gushed out of the sprinkler head in room 518 for about half an hour, flooding 10 rooms on the third, fourth and fifth floors.
Hansen said the damage to the sprinkler head was likely caused by the residents of 518 hanging items from it. But because the damage was an accident and not malicious, those responsible will not face criminal charges, he said.
Hansen warned students to be careful with sprinkler heads because glass inside the sprinklers can break, which triggers water to flow and a fire alarm to sound.
A representative from Housing and Residence Life was not available as of press time, but it is possible that the residents of room 518 may be fined for water damage, Hansen said.