Boston Library Fire May Be Unrelated to Bombs

Police are investigating, but any link to marathon is unclear

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 15, 2013 4:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like a fire that broke out at Boston's JFK presidential library this afternoon might be a coincidence, not a third attack, reports the Boston Irish Reporter. Library officials say that the fire broke out in the mechanical room of the building's new wing and that everybody is safe, reports the Washington Post. "Any tie to Boston Marathon explosions is pure speculation," says a library statement. Boston Police Chief Ed Davis initially said authorities were treating the incident as related to the marathon attacks, but the department later tweeted that reports linking them "could be premature."

In his press conference, Davis urged Bostonians to stay inside, and asked visitors to return to their hotels. If people do go outside, he asked them not to congregate in large groups. Other developments out of Boston:

  • Cell phone service is spotty, but the big providers say that's only because of heavy usage, reports Fox News. Various news outlets reported earlier that police asked providers to shut down service to guard against the remote detonation of bombs. Verizon and Sprint say they got no such requests. (Mashable has more on the bandwidth issues.)
  • Flights have resumed at Logan International Airport after the FAA lifted a temporary ground stop, reports USA Today.
  • The NHL has postponed tonight's Bruins game, reports AP.

An unidentified Boston Marathon runner is comforted as she cries in the aftermath of the explosions.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A Boston police officer clears Boylston Street following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston, Monday, April 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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