No cause in blaze that killed 2 Ohio firefighters

Toledo firefighters rush a fellow firefighter down the stairs of a six unit apartment building at 528 Magnolia in Toledo, Ohio on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Blade, Jetta Fraser)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The fire chief in Ohio’s fourth largest city says two firefighters killed in an apartment blaze faced rapidly deteriorating conditions once inside.

Toledo Fire Chief Luis Santiago says they don’t have a cause yet for the fire on Sunday that left a veteran firefighter and a rookie dead.

Santiago said Monday that radio calls from inside the building indicated that the fire was getting out of control quickly.

Killed were 42-year-old Stephen Machcinski and 31-year-old James Dickman.

Machcinski had been a firefighter for 16 years. Dickman was on the job only six months and had been with the Perkins Township fire department near Sandusky.

They died while battling a fire in a six-unit apartment building near downtown.

Santiago says investigators are taking their time trying to figure out what happened.


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