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Two Boys Charged With Arson In Prophetstown Fire

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A court hearing was held Wednesday for two boys accused of setting a fire that eventually burned down eight buildings in downtown Prophetstown, Illinois. A 16-year-old and his 12-year-old half-brother are each charged as juveniles with class 1 felony residential arson and class 1 felony criminal damage to property.

They are accused of setting fire to a recycling bin in the back of Cindy Jeans Restaurant on Washington St. early Tuesday morning. The strip of buildings on the street housed several businesses and apartments. Everyone got out safely, but five businesses and several homes were destroyed.

Authorities say they grew suspicious after they noticed other small fires had been started around town the same night. A family member had suspicions and turned the boys in.

The hearing in Sterling was attended by the boys' father, stepmother, grandparents and the mother of the 16-year-old. The 12-year-old's mother could not be there. The 12-year-old has been placed on house arrest. The 16-year-old remains in custody. They'll be back in court next week.

We are not releasing the names of the boys because they are being charged as juveniles.

For more coverage of the fire, click here.

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