Residents react after building where Toledo firefighters died demolished

Neighbors say they are relieved that the apartment building where two Toledo firefighters died has been demolished.

For the past seven months the building at 528 Magnolia Street has sat as a stain on the city of Toledo, a reminder of one of the darkest days in Toledo history.

Back in January a fire that police say was started by building owner Ray Abou-Arab claimed the lives of Toledo fire fighters, Stephen Machcinski and James Dickman.

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Tracy Bishop, is a former resident, and was inside the building that day. Seven months later, she said she still gets emotional returning to her former home.

Bishop said for the past seven months the building stood as a dark cloud, not only over her, but the city as well. Ironically she says itâ??s the building demolition that has finally given her the ability to begin rebuilding her own life.

â??I think this is a part of closure for me because now it'll be gone and we start trial soon so, slowly my life is getting back together,â?? Bishop said.

Bishop said seeing the building torn down is a start to giving her closure.