Residents Observe Prophetstown Fire Anniversary

By: AP
By: AP

PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP) -- A small community in northwestern Illinois has marked the first anniversary of a damaging fire.

Residents of Prophetstown gathered Tuesday for a ceremony to celebrate the first responders and the ground-breaking of a new building downtown. A 79-year-old woman presented a plaque to the police officer and three firefighters who saved her life.

The fire destroyed eight buildings in historic downtown Prophetstown and caused $3 million in damages.

Two underage brothers were each sentenced to five years of probation for starting the fire.


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