Statement on April 15 Fire at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2013 
Further information: Rachel Flor (617) 514-1662,

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.