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Owner of building where 2 firemen died arrested for murder

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The owner of the building where two Toledo firemen died on Sunday has been arrested on two counts of murder and two counts of aggravated arson.

Ray Abou-Arab, who owns 528 Magnolia St., was arrested Friday afternoon.

"It's shocking," Henry Robinson, a tenant said.  "I'm at a loss for words.  He was a friend of mine."

Privates Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman were killed while battling a fire at the North Toledo apartment complex Sunday afternoon.

Investigators say the suspect may have used an ignitable liquid in the garage.

According to court documents, he entered the store and almost immediately after he left, people who lived in the apartments reported the building was on fire.

"He was a good landlord," Patricia Rollins said of Abou-Arab.  "I didn't expect anything like that."

Rollins says she remembers hearing activity in the garage before the fire started.

"I heard the garage door, I smelled kerosene and then burnt wires," she said.

Now many Toledoans are hoping justice will prevail, so the men who gave it all can rest in peace.

"It's sad the heroes going to save lives end up losing their lives over something that was possibly, intentionally set," Ronsha Allison, who lives near the apartment told 13abc.

Abou-Arab is expected to face a judge on Monday.

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