Owner Charged with Murder, Arson in Toledo Firefighter Deaths

The owner of the apartment building that caught fire Sunday has been charged with aggravated arson and aggravated murder, after two Toledo firefighters died from their injuries.

Ray Abou-Arab entered the garage where he remained for more than a minute. Then, he entered a store front at the same location. Immediately after he left the garage, an occupant of the rear apartment adjacent to the garage noticed the wall structure was on fire, WTOL reported late Friday afternoon.

Firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman died of thermal burns and exposure to carbon monoxide.

On Sunday, the accused arsonist was photographed standing in front of a fire engine.

Oregon Deputy Police Chief Paul Magditch told reporters officers from his department stood by as Toledo Police searched a house owned by Abou-Arab in Oregon Friday  Police then arrested him.

The arrest came less than 24 hours after more than 5,000 people turned out for a memorial service for the heroes, a veteran and a rookie.