It’s a question to which no definitive answer has been given at this point, but federal and local investigators continue to scour the presidential library for clues, even as much of the nation’s attention remains fixed on the carnage in the Back Bay.
The blaze, which scorched the library’s archival wing and caused significant damage to the structure, is being called “suspicious” by city government sources, who have been pressed to talk about a possible connection to the terror attack.
“It’s a suspicious fire with a particularly strong accelerant,” said one person briefed about the investigation within city government. “Police and fire are not ready to declare that the fire and the bombings are unrelated. Given the timing and the intensity of the fire, it's suspicious.”