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Fire Destroys Warehouse at Closed Joliet Prison

Closed state prison featured in "The Blues Brothers" catches fire overnight



    (Published Thursday, July 25, 2013)

    The old Joliet Prison, featured in the opening scenes of "The Blues Brothers" and TV show "Prison Break," was damaged in an overnight fire, officials said.

    The fire began around 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer told the Associated Press.

    It appears the fire started inside prison walls and was contained to a warehouse.

    No word yet on what started the fire, which remains under investigation.

    The prison, formally known as the Joliet Correctional Center, opened in 1858 and was in use until 2002.