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Teen locks herself in cell at Joliet's abandoned Collins Street prison

JOLIET – Firefighters were forced to stage a breakout Monday after an urban explorer found herself locked inside a cell at the Joliet Correctional Center.

Though the facility on Collins Street has been closed to the public since 2002, two teenage girls were able to get in through a hole in the fence, according to Illinois State Police.

"About 2:45 p.m., they were wandering around the building when one of them managed to lock herself inside a cell," Joliet Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Stromberg said. "They didn't call 911, but did call the fire department's front office."

Firefighters found the teens and used a sledgehammer to break through a brick wall to free the girl, Stromberg said.

"Her jail time was about 45 minutes," Stromberg said.

The teens, who are not from the area, will face trespassing charges, according to state police reports.

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