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Building Owner Charged in Deaths of Toledo Firefighters

The owner of a North Toledo apartment building where two firefighters died Sunday in a fire was charged today with murder and arson, reports The Toledo Blade.

Ray Abou-Arab, who owns 528 Magnolia St., was charged in Toledo Municipal Court today on two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of arson in relation to the fire at that apartment building. Toledo firefighters Stephen A. Machcinski, 42, and James Dickman, 31, died while fighting a fire at the building.

Mr. Abou-Arab, who lives in Oregon, was accused in court documents with setting the fire. The documents state Mr. Abou-Arab entered the building’s garage and stayed there for more than a minute. He then entered a store front at the same location. Immediately after he left the garage, an occupant of the apartment adjacent to the garage noticed the wall was on fire.

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