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Woodward Mississippi River Center in Dubuque closed after fire

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Woodward Mississippi River Center in Dubuque is closed until further notice. That's after an early morning fire caused minor damage to the tortoise enclosure on the second floor of the Woodward Mississippi River Center at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

No persons or animals were harmed and there were no visitors in the building at the time of the incident.

The buildings alarm system notified the Dubuque Fire Department and Museum & Aquarium staff at approximately 2:23 a.m. Saturday.

The building's fire sprinkler system extinguished the small fire and minimized fire damage to the building. Smoke and water damage is being evaluated.

The Museum & Aquarium's Diamond Jo National River Center, 3D/4D Theater, William M. Black, and all outdoor exhibits will remain open. Admission fees are being reduced by 50% until the Mississippi River Center is reopened.

The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, located in the Port of Dubuque, operates daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please click here or call 563-557-9545 for more information.

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