A 12 and 16 year old are now facing felony arson charges for the Prophetstown fire.
There's a saying in Prophetstown, small town, big hearts, and pretty much the whole community demonstrated that Wednesday night by holding a prayer vigil for the people who's lives were turned upside down from the fire.
The grieving community came together to pray for the people who lost everything in the fire, and the rescue crews who not only put the fire out, but saved the rest of downtown from suffering the same fate.
"All the fire department that came, and helped we can't say thank them enough,"said Jennifer Etheridge, a local EMT.
"You can't imagine how blessed Prophetstown is after all the tragedy," said Cheri Stewert, a local pastor.
Illinois State Police said the two underage boys who set fire to a recycling bin behind Cindy Jean's restaurant early Monday morning, are now being charged with three felonies: two counts of arson, and criminal damage.
"I think they got what they deserved. They did a lot of damage," said Randy Christensen, local resident.
"Memories and that, is one thing that they can't take away from people. I grew up here and it's all gone now. I feel sorry for the two young men. I really do. For the rest of their lives they're going to have to live with the memory of what they've done," said Pricilla Knickel, local resident.
After the vigil, a sea of people walked hand and hand to the place which is now ruins, and formed a prayer circle.
Cindy Eriks who lost her business and home said she's counting her blessings and standing "Prophet Strong".
"I've haven't had more outpouring of love, and caring, and gifts. It's been overwhelming, and it means so much to me to know that there's people that just love me to death , and my heart is filled with so much love,"said Cher Eriks, Cindy Jeans Owner.
The small community is accepting donations. They are taking monetary donations at the local bank. Food donations at the pantry, and clothing donations at the Methodist church.
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