Fire Closes Part of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium


By Katie Stinson

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Staff are working around the clock to get Dubuque's National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium up and running like normal.

A small fire started in the museum's tortoise enclosure early, Saturday. The museum's sprinkler system quickly put out the flames, but left a lot of water damage.

"Our veterinarian came here early Saturday morning to check the animals and in fact did a complete walk-through of all the other animal enclosures to make sure that there were no other potential hazards for any of the other animal collection, but the tortoises that were in that exhibit are perfectly healthy."

Staff hope to reopen by Saturday, the first day of winter break in Dubuque.

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