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$5M bond for Ohio suspect in 2 firefighter deaths

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By JOHN SEEWER
Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio -- An apartment building owner accused of setting a blaze that killed two Ohio firefighters has been ordered held on $5 million bond.

Ray Abou-Arab appeared Monday in Toledo Municipal Court, where a judge set bond on aggravated murder and arson charges.

The 61-year-old was arrested Friday and charged with starting the fire that killed a veteran firefighter and a rookie who got trapped inside.

A public defender representing the suspect didn't comment on the charges. Messages seeking comment have been left at Abou-Arab's home.

Dozens of firefighters packed the courtroom for the arraignment.

Court documents filed last week say Abou-Arab was in a garage at the site of the fire on Jan. 26 just before an apartment resident said she saw the blaze break out.

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