JFK LIBRARY REMAINS CLOSED FOLLOWING FIRE ON PATRIOTS DAY
JFK Presidential Library and Museum
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The statement comes the day following a fire which broke out in the mechanical room of the library shortly after the bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
The University of Massachusetts, located near the JFK Library in Dorchester, is also closed pending completion of the investigation of the fire at the library.
This is the full text of the statement:
"The JFK Library staff is assessing the damage caused by yesterday's fire. There was water penetration in a few artifact storage rooms, but damage to the collection is minimal and staff worked overnight to stabilize those areas.
There is significant water and other fire protection damage in other parts of the building. Boston Police continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
The library will be closed until further notice, as we continue to assess and mitigate the situation.
We feel fortunate that no one was hurt and appreciate everyone's efforts to provide for the safety of our staff, our visitors, and our collections.
The damage to our building is real, but insignificant when compared to the lives lost in the bombings downtown.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy and their families."
*The JFK Presidential Library and Museum is located on Columbia Point in Dorchester. The building, dedicated on October 20, 1979, was designed by I.M. Pei.
The tragic events in Boston yesterday, April 15, 2013, represent the worst attack on the mainland of the United States since the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families and our hopes for a quick recovery for those who have survived.
In the words of President Obama, we "will say a prayer for Boston tonight."
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