Chief: Arrest Has 'Unleashed Negative Emotion'

The arrest of the building owner in connection with the deaths of the Toledo firefighters has infuriated their colleagues.

Chief Luis Santiago said Monday that the arrest has “unleashed negative emotion. It’s personal. It doesn’t get any more personal…”

He also urged people to ‘exercise restraint.’

During a televised press conference, the chief went on to say that he has faith in the criminal justice system, and that his department will support officers in any way.

Toledo firefighters Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman were killed while battling an apartment building fire.

Santiago said neither he nor others are at liberty to discuss the details of the fire.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said the city has undergone one of the most ‘gut-wrenching’ and traumatic events ever.

He and Santiago thanked residents, business owners and others for the outpouring of support and kindness.

The chief said he was at a loss for words to describe his appreciation for the kind words and compassion.

He noted that firefighters involved in the incident have received support and have a number of resources available to them. The chief said others have stepped up to cover shifts and help in a number of capacities.

Santiago added an internal probe of the incident will be conducted. 

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