(CBS) — The former Joliet Correctional Center caught fire Monday evening.
Details were not immediately available, but the Joliet Fire Department posted photographs and video of a rolling fire. It burned for at least a couple of hours before the fire was “struck out” around 10 p.m., CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports. Details were not available about the extent of the damage, or how the blaze may have started.
Joliet Correctional Center on Collins Street is different from Stateville Correctional Center in nearby Crest Hill. The old Joliet prison, closed since the early-2000s, has been used for film projects.
Perhaps most famously, and long before its closure, it was seen at the beginning of “The Blues Brothers” in 1980, as “Joliet Jake” Blues (John Belushi) walks out of the prison.
Laurie Hauser was driving by the prison Monday evening because someone with her wanted to see the film location. Then they saw the smoke and flames, she tells WBBM.