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2 teens charged in former Ill. clock factory fire
2 teens charged with setting blaze at landmark former Ill. clock factory
By The Associated Press

PERU, Ill. (AP) ' Police have charged two teenagers with setting a fire at a massive former clock factory in the northern Illinois city of Peru.

Peru Police Chief Doug Bernabei said at a news conference Sunday that a 15-year-old Peru boy and 17-year-old LaSalle boy have been charged with aggravated arson for the blaze at the former Westclox clock complex.

He says the 17-year-old is charged as an adult and that the charges were elevated against the two because a firefighter was injured.

Authorities say the fire at former factory started around the time revelers were welcoming the new year. The complex covers a two-by-four-block stretch of downtown Peru and is considered a landmark. It was converted and today houses several small businesses.

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