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July 16, 2013

UPDATE: Juveniles arrested in connection with Prophetstown fire

PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. — Two brothers are facing charges in connection with the Monday morning fire that destroyed eight businesses in downtown Prophetstown.

llinois State Police Master Sgt. Chris Endress said the brothers – ages 16 and 12 –  are from out of state, but were staying with their father in Prophetstown for the summer. The boys were transported to a juvenile facility in Galesburg, Ill., at 12:15 a.m. today. Endress added that a hearing will be held Wednesday to determine what charges they will face.

The fire began early Monday morning behind Cindy Jean's Restaurant, 324 Washington St., Prophetstown. The owner, Cindy Eriks, noticed the fire from her apartment above the business and called 911 at approximately 2:38 a.m. Endress confirmed Tuesday afternoon that law enforcement believes the fire began behind the restaurant in a recycle bin that was intentionally set on fire.

The fire raged for several hours, spreading through the downtown area. Almost 30 different fire departments responded with mutual aid and water. No one was injured in the blaze.

The arrests came from the investigations conducted by law enforcement  Monday. Endress said it was a group effort.

“There was a lot of work between the fire marshal and the sheriff's department and the Prophetstown PD,” Endress said. “A lot of work and a lot of interviews.”

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