October 30, 2014

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Owner pleads not guilty in Toldeo firefighter deaths

Toledo firefighters rush a fellow firefighter down the stairs of a six-unit apartment building in Toledo on Sunda.  Two firefighters battling the blaze at the apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed, city officials said. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser)

Toledo firefighters rush a fellow firefighter down the stairs of a six-unit apartment building in Toledo on Sunda. Two firefighters battling the blaze at the apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed, city officials said. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser)

TOLEDO — The owner of an Ohio apartment building has pleaded not guilty to starting a fire that killed two firefighters.

Ray Abou-Arab appeared in a Toledo court Tuesday morning to face charges that include aggravated murder and aggravated arson. He pleaded not guilty to all 13 counts.

Abou-Arab, 61, was arrested just days after the fire in late January that killed a veteran firefighter and a rookie.

Abou-Arab is being held on a nearly $6 million bond.

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

A judge on Tuesday issued a gag order for attorneys on both sides of the case.