UPDATE: Boys Charged With Felonies After Prophetstown Fire

PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP) -- Two boys are facing a series of felony charges after authorities say they set a fire that destroyed a swath of historic downtown Prophetstown.

The 12- and 16-year-old brothers are charged with arson and criminal damage in Whiteside County juvenile court. Monday's fire destroyed eight buildings and damaged two others in the small northwestern Illinois community.

The two are visiting their father for the summer.

Investigators say they believe the boys set fire to a recycling bin behind a restaurant, which sparked the blaze. Many of the buildings that were destroyed were about 150 years old.

The younger boy was released to his family while the older boy is being held at a juvenile detention center in Galesburg.

Whiteside County State's Attorney Trish Joyce says more charges could be filed.


UPDATE: PROPHETSTOWN -- In a joint investigation with the Illinois State Police, Prophetstown Police, State Fire Marshal's office, and Whiteside County Sheriff's Department, two juvenile boys age 16 and 12 have been arrested in connection with the July 15th fire that destroyed several buildings in the Prophetstown Business District.

Around 12:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16th, the two boys were transported to a juvenile detention facility in Galesburg, Illinois. Investigators are meeting with the Whiteside County State's Attorney's Office to discuss formal charges.


PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP/WIFR) -- Officials say an overnight fire damaged at most eight buildings in the small Whiteside County community of Prophetstown.

Dispatcher Karen Stuart says Monday that the blaze began in a downtown restaurant around 2 a.m. and spread to at least five nearby buildings. The Prophetstown Fire Department says 40 agencies were called in to fight the fire. Some of the buildings destroyed include a drug store and a variety store.

No major injuries were reported, but she says the Red Cross was helping residents of seven to eight apartments who were displaced.

The fire was mostly extinguished, although crews were still working to control hotspots.

Prophetstown has around 2,100 residents and is about 30 miles northeast of Moline.


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