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A water pipe burst Sunday in Louis Tussaud's Waxworks on Clifton Hill, damaging the building but none of its wax figures, Niagara Falls Fire Department officials said.

"We managed to protect most of the endangered displays," said Fire Capt. Dave Arnott. "We covered them with tarpaulin. I don't believe there was damage to any of the exhibits."

The water pipe burst at about 10:09 a.m. in a first-floor ceiling of the three-story wax museum at 4915 Clifton Hill, Arnott said.

"Most of the damage was to the floor, the walls and the ceiling," he noted.

Barbra Elbaum, administrative assistant in charge of group sales at the museum, said the Waxworks, a popular tourist attraction, will be closed for the next few days.

"We'll have to take down the ceiling to do the repairs," she said. "We were lucky with the exhibits. The way they're set up, the water went around them."

No damage estimate was available Sunday.

"We're still assessing the extent of the damage," said Elbaum.

The museum is expected to reopen by the end of the week.

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