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Boys charged with felonies after Prophetstown fire

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  • Firefighters battle an early morning blaze Monday, July 15, 2013, that destroyed at least five buildings in the small Whiteside County community of Prophetstown. The blaze began in a downtown restaurant around 2 a.m. and spread to at least five nearby buildings.

      Firefighters battle an early morning blaze Monday, July 15, 2013, that destroyed at least five buildings in the small Whiteside County community of Prophetstown. The blaze began in a downtown restaurant around 2 a.m. and spread to at least five nearby buildings.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

PROPHETSTOWN -- 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.

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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.

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