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CHICAGO -- Police have arrested a 17-year-old connection to the fire at the Old Joliet Prison.

The fire broke out at about 7:30 p.m. Monday in a building inside the prison complex. Crews battled the flames for several hours. No one was injured.

Joliet police put out a photo containing two teens seen on camera leaving the prison and received tips through social media identifying them.

One of them, a 17-year-old Joliet resident, was arrested shortly after noon and is now charged with arson.

Police say he used a lighter to set some papers inside the prison on fire which then quickly spread.

His 15-year-old companion was questioned and released.

The prison closed in 2002 and is still owned by the state.  It has been featured in films such as the blues brothers and the TV show prison break.

The Joliet mayor says the state does very little to secure the place and other fires have been set there in recent years putting first responders in danger.

The suspect is due in juvenile court tomorrow at 9 a.m.