A long-closed state prison in Joliet that's been featured in TV shows and movies was damaged overnight in a fire. Tom Shaer is the director of communications for the Illinois Department of Corrections. He says the fire at the Joliet prison began around 3:15 this morning, and is under control. The blaze was contained to a warehouse, which was destroyed, but caused no other major damage. The Joliet prison, which was built in the late 1800's and closed in 2002, was featured in "The Blues Brothers" and is sometimes used for training, but Shaer says no one was using it at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze is being investigated, since there was no electricity at the time of the fire.
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