Ohio building owner indicted in firefighter deaths

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TOLEDO (AP) -- The owner of an Ohio apartment building accused of setting a blaze that killed two firefighters has been indicted on aggravated murder charges that could carry a potential death penalty if he's convicted.

A county grand jury in Toledo indicted Ray Abou-Arab on Friday in the Jan. 26 blaze. He also faces two counts of murder, eight counts of aggravated arson and one count of tampering with evidence.

The 61-year-old suspect is being held on $5 million bond.

Court documents allege Abou-Arab was in a garage at the site of the fire near downtown Toledo just before a resident said she saw the blaze break out.

Veteran firefighter Stephen Machcinski and rookie James Dickman were killed.

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