The John F. Kennedy (JFK) Library across the street from UMass Boston is closed until further notice due to a fire that broke out on April 15.
Firefighters from Dorchester, South Boston, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain responded to the large fire, which was called in around 3 p.m. Freshman Nolan O’Brien saw the fire and said he saw “very, very dark smoke.” He added that “the wind kinda blew it, and [the fire] looked larger than it really was.”
O’Brien lives in Squantum, a part of Quincy where residents can see the library across the harbor. Just before 3 p.m., O’Brien said he saw smoke rising from the area. O’Brien recalled, “I was outside with my mother and my younger cousin, and we just were out in the yard. All of a sudden, we looked across the bay, and a huge plume of smoke was rising from JFK Library that was not there 30 seconds before… It was very instantaneous.”
During firefighting operations, police officials from the Massachusetts State Police, MBTA Transit Police, and Boston Police Department arrived on the scene in order to investigate whether the fire might have had some relation to the Boston Marathon bombings.