Fire Destroys Prison Building Used in ‘Blues Brothers’

A fire destroyed a building inside the old Joliet (IL) prison, which was featured in the movie “The Blues Brothers,” reports The Chicago Tribune.

The fire broke out in a large warehouse around 3:15 a.m. today, according to authorities. Joliet Fire Operations Chief John Zagar said the roof 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.

Shaer said it would be “nearly impossible” for squatters to enter the prison, which has no electrical service and is used primarily for training and movies.

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