PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Officials in a small northern Illinois community say the ranks of their volunteer fire department have grown by more than 13 percent since a fire destroyed a section of Prophetstown in July.
Keith Crady is the fire chief for the Prophetstown department. He tells The Daily Gazette in Sterling that there are seven new volunteers since the summer blaze. That brings the agency’s total number of volunteers to 59.
Crady says the new recruits won’t be able to fight any fires until they’re done with their training. That typically takes about six months.
Firefighters from nearly three dozen departments responded to the July 15 fire, which destroyed eight buildings. Many of them were 150 years old.
A 16-year-old and a 12-year-old are facing felony charges for the blaze.