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Prosecutors seek death penalty for owner of building where 2 firefighters died

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Prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against the man accused of setting the fire that took the lives of two Toledo firefighters.

A grand jury indicted Ray Abou-Arab Friday on aggravated arson and aggravated murder charges. 

It's a high profile case, but prosecutors say they've handled similar cases in the past and say they're well prepared.

"Deaths are emotional issues, whether it's firefighters or anyone else," says Lucas County Chief Prosecutor Jeff Lingo. "Certainly there is a lot of emotion in the case. We, as trained professionals, need to set aside our feelings and go forward with the facts as we know them and use the law. And that's what we'll do in this case."

In addition to aggravated murder, Abou-Arab faces eight counts of aggravated arson: two for the firefighters who were killed, three for residents in Magnolia Street Apartments, and three for other firefighters who were hurt during the fire.

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