Toledo firefighters killed in building fire
Jan. 27, 2014 (AP): Two firefighters battling a blaze at an
apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed on Sunday,
city officials said.
Firefighters Stephen Machcinski, 42, and James Dickman,
31, were killed while fighting the fire in the six-unit
building, Toledo Fire Department Chief Luis Santiago said
at a news conference Sunday night.
He said that Machcinski was a 16-year veteran, while Dickman had
been on the job for only six months. Both worked together at the
same firehouse in the city.
Santiago said that the fire department will fully investigate
the blaze, which was reported around 3:30 p.m.
the building's owner, told the Blade that there were seven
tenants in six apartments in the building on Magnolia Street
near the Huron Market and all are believed to be safe. One
tenant told him that her pit bull puppy wasn't able to escape
The firefighters were attacking the blaze when they became
disoriented, a battalion chief told WTOL-TV. Chief Santiago said
that after the two firefighters suffered injuries inside of the
building, fellow firefighters made ``valiant efforts'' to remove
them and begin life-saving measures.
The firefighters were placed on stretchers and taken to Mercy St
.Vincent Medical Center, where a large crowd of Toledo Fire
Department personnel gathered.
``Everyone is just numb right now,'' Dan Desmond, vice
president of Toledo Firefighters Local 92, told the Toledo
Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins
asked that flags be flown at half-staff throughout the city on