Fire destroys building at prison featured in ‘Blues Brothers’

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A fire overnight destroyed a building inside the old Joliet prison used in the movie “The Blues Brothers,” authorities said.

The fire broke out in the maintenance building around 3:15 a.m. today, according to authorities. Joliet Fire Operations Chief John Zagar said the roof of the building collapsed, and firefighters continued to douse hot spots past daybreak.

The prison, that was built in the 1850s, was closed and its gates welded shut in 2002, according to Illinois Department of Corrections Spokesman Tom Shaer.

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