Building owner charged in Ohio firefighter deaths

AP News
Posted: Jan 31, 2014 4:33 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An apartment building owner has been charged in the deaths of two Ohio firefighters killed while battling a blaze this week.

Court documents filed Friday in Toledo say Ray Abou-Arab is charged with two counts of aggravated murder and arson.

The documents say an apartment resident saw the fire break out Sunday just after the building's owner left a garage on the site.

Toledo firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman died while fighting the blaze near downtown.

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Firefighters found both men inside the burning building, carried them out on stretchers and tried unsuccessfully to save them.

A phone message left at a suburban Toledo number for Abou-Arab was not immediately returned.