Police in western Illinois say a 6-year-old boy started a fire that heavily damaged a Dollar General store earlier this month.

Silvis police say investigators found the boy used a lighter he brought from home to set the Nov. 11 fire. Authorities say the boy wandered from his family during a shopping trip and set paper towels on fire. No one was injured in the fire. Damage estimates were about $500,000.

The Moline Dispatch reports no charges have been filed. Police say they're working with the boy and his family to provide educational resources.

Silvis is in Rock Island County.

Gord Horne