Building owner charged with arson, murder in deaths of firefightersWritten by Staff Reports | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The owner of the North Toledo building where two Toledo firefighters were killed while responding to a Jan. 26 fire has been charged with two counts of aggravated arson and two counts of aggravated murder.
Ray Abou-Arab, 61, of Oregon, who owns the building at 528 Magnolia St., was arrested at 3:18 p.m. Jan. 31 and charged in Toledo Municipal Court.
Court documents state Abou-Arab entered the building’s garage and stayed there for more than a minute. He then entered a storefront at the same location.
Immediately after he left the garage, an occupant of the apartment adjacent to the garage noticed the wall was on fire.
According to court documents, the investigation determined Abou-Arab “used and ignited an ignitable liquid inside the garage” to cause the fire.
Killed in the blaze at the two-story, six-unit apartment building were Toledo firefighters Pvt. Stephen Machcinski, 42, and Pvt. James Dickman, 31.