WWU employee AJ Barse likely saved the university thousands of dollars by putting out this laptop after it caught fire in Haggard Hall recently. Photo courtesy of AJ Barse
AJ Barse was sitting at his Haggard Hall desk one day when he heard a pop, like a muffled gunshot, from a nearby office.
He got up, peeked in the window (the door was locked) and saw a laptop ablaze, smoke and flames billowing from the front of the keyboard.
Barse, an informational technology specialist with Academic Technology and User Services, grabbed a colleague and told him to call 911, then ran across the room into the Student Technology Center, alerting students and staff to the fire.