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Massive Fire Burns for Hours at Iconic Old Joliet Prison

The prison closed in 2002, and whle it has not had any inmates since, it served as somewhat of a tourist attraction in the area

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    Massive Fire Burns for Hours at Iconic Old Joliet Prison

    A massive fire erupted at an iconic old prison in suburban Joliet on Memorial Day, forcing firefighters to battle flames for hours. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

    A massive fire erupted inside an iconic old prison in suburban Joliet on Memorial Day, forcing firefighters to battle flames for hours. 

    The blaze at the former Joliet Correctional Center, which was built in 1858, broke out Monday night, sending flames and smoke shooting into the sky, which could be seen for miles. 

    Further details, including the cause of the fire, have not yet been released.

    The prison closed in 2002, and whle it has not had any inmates since, it served as somewhat of a tourist attraction in the area.

    Aerial Footage Shows Aftermath of Old Joliet Prison Fire

    [CHI] Aerial Footage Shows Aftermath of Old Joliet Prison Fire

    Footage from NBC's Sky 5 chopper shows the aftermath of a massive fire that broke out at an iconic old prison in Joliet. 

    (Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017)

    Several high-profile inmates spent time at the facility, including serial killer John Wayne Gacey, according to reports. Movies including the Blues Brothers and numerous teleivision shows have also filmed at the old prison. 

    The facility is owned by the Illinois Department of Corrections.

    A spokesperson for IDOC said the fire remained under investigation Tuesday morning but declined to comment further. 

    Check back for details on this developing story.


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