Two young brothers have pleaded guilty to starting the fire which destroyed a large portion of downtown Prophetstown last summer. Rebuilding is still underway for several displaced occupants, including the Prophetstown Historical Society.
Six months ago this week, residents in Prophetstown woke up to find part of their downtown destroyed by fire. In July, broken glass and rubble replaced familiar businesses. Eight buildings in all were destroyed. Authorities say the fire was set in a recycling bin behind a restaurant. Two half-brothers are charged with arson. The will have another hearing next week in Whiteside County.
Mayor Steve Swanson says things are moving along smoothly.
"I think by the first of May we will see some nails being pounded here," Swanson said.