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PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix has fired three employees and disciplined three others for failing to prevent water damage that will keep the city’s main library closed for a year.

A city report released Friday says employees either knew or should have known about corroded pipes in the library’s fire-sprinkler system but failed to alert top officials before the July 15 water damage.

Water leaked when the system’s pipes were automatically filled with water after storm winds lifted roof tiles that fell back down and dislodged dust that the system’s sensors took for smoke.

The report says inspectors reported the corrosion but employees either failed to act on the inspectors’ reports or didn’t even read them.

The library is expected to remain closed until June. Repairs are expected to cost up to $8 million.