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Ohio man pleads not guilty in 2 firefighter deaths

Published: February 25, 2014 9:30 AM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- 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.

The 61-year-old Abou-Arab 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.

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