Prophetstown became one of the first official Illinois Main Street communities about twenty years ago.
Members with the Main Street Organization say they feel like so much of their hard work to revitalize the downtown is undone now.
Prophetstown Main Street says it already has a plan in place to get the town's business district back up on its feet.
Members say they're going to collaborate with other communities in the area who have experienced a similar loss. Right now the group is talking to officials in Granville, Illinois. They say that community lost a major section of its main street to a fire recently and has since rebuilt.
Right now, Prophetstown is hoping it gets some extra grant money so it can do the same.
"We were supplying a $1,000 grant to anyone who wanted to fix the facades on the front," said Larry DeNeve of Prophetstown Main Street. "And well, ironically, that was some of our grants that just burned up here."
The Economic Development Chair with Prophetstown Main Street says they're not sure how much money the city will lose because of the fire. but he's estimating it to be about $1 million dollars.
That accounts for the lost sales tax, traffic and the buildings.