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Water pipe bursts at Burbank library, damaging 2,000 books

April 13, 2011 |  7:18 am

Burbank Central Library

About 2,000 books were damaged after a water pipe broke over the weekend at Burbank's Central Library, which will be closed until next week.

The pipe burst early Saturday morning, officials said, sending a stream of water into the library. The break triggered the fire alarm, and firefighters who responded shut off water to the building.

Library officials are still trying to determine the cost of repairs and book replacement. The damaged books were mainly nonfiction titles from the library's travel, biography and history collections.

"It could have been so much worse," Library Services director Sharon Cohen said. "We were really lucky that the fire alarm went off and the fire department got in there and stopped the damage from continuing.”

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Photo: A worker closes the door at the Burbank Central Library on Monday. Credit: Tim Berger / Burbank Leader