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 As the walls came tumbling down, crowds gathered at the corner of Magnolia and Huron to remember.

"It happened right here in front of my house," Jennifer Owensby, who lives in the neighborhood said.  "It was a very sad tragedy."

It was nearly 7 months ago, when the apartment building caught fire.

Toledo fire Privates Jamie Dickman and Steve Machcinski were two of the firefighters who rushed to the scene.

They never made it out.

"I was just blown away you know," Karen McMahon, who lives in the area, said.

The building's owner, Ray Abou-Arab, is facing two aggravated arson and two aggravated murder charges as a result.  Police say he intentionally set the building on fire. 

His trial is set to start in October.

"I was just shocked by the whole situation," McMahon said.

For many the falling bricks and piles of rubble are symbols of a fresh start.

But even when it's gone, people in the area say they'll never forget Steve and Jamie's sacrifice.

"It is a little bit of closure now," Owensby said.

 

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