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Prophetstown Rebuilding One Year After Fire

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 PROPHETSTOWN, IL -- It's been one year since flames ripped through the Prophetstown plaza on Main street that destroyed eight businesses.  It was early on a Monday morning when eight of the downtown buildings burned. Six of those were a total loss and it cost some both their jobs and community resources. 

"We loss everything on the top floor.  All of our old clothing and newspapers," Prophetstown resident Fred South said.  

"I especially miss Dees variety store because she carried a lot of things that I use. I like to do hand work," Prophetstown resident Eureath Boliver said. 

But Mayor Steve Swanson says the town is taking steps to rebuild everything they've lost.

"At first you drove by and all you saw was fire debris, then you drove by and see empty spaces, then Christmas trees came into play. That made it look better.  Then we got the wall done," Mayor Steve Swanson said.

Soon he says you'll see a bank.

"It will probably be open in spring of 2015.  I'd say late fall," Swanson said. "They'll have a drive-up window for banking, drive-up ATM and parking in the back," said Swanson. 

The mayor says since the fire two new businesses have set up shop on main street and he's hoping a new incentive will attract more.

"If they're willing to build here, the city who has control of the lots,will deed the lots to the owners for a dollar so the lots are basically free," Swanson said. "We all miss the buildings that were here. The people that were in them, but I think everybody feels better that they see progress."

It's a price he says should draw business owners back to this empty space so the town can be whole again. 

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