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2 firefighters killed in Toledo blaze

– Two firefighters battling a blaze at an apartment complex near downtown Toledo were killed Sunday, city officials said.

The fatalities were reported to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office, deputy coroner Dr. Maneesha Pandey told the Toledo Blade.

Pandey said autopsies are scheduled for today and that the names of the victims aren’t being released pending family notification.

The fire department was expected to hold a news conference Sunday night to release more details on the fatal blaze.

The firefighters were attacking the blaze about 3:30 p.m. in a six-unit apartment building on Magnolia Street near the Huron Market when they became disoriented, a battalion chief told WTOL-TV.

The firefighters were taken on stretchers to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, and 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 Blade.

Ray Abou, the building’s owner, told the Blade that there were seven tenants in six apartments in the building and all are believed to be OK. One tenant told him that her pit bull puppy wasn’t able to flee the fire.

Kosciusko ATV rider breaks neck in crash

An Etna Green man suffered a broken neck when his ATV collided with a motor vehicle Saturday near Indiana 19 and Indiana 10 in Kosciusko County, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Herman Baldwin, 59, was plowing snow at 9:43 a.m. on his all-terrain vehicle while wearing a heavy hat and ear plugs and turned into the path of an oncoming vehicle driven by Tiffany Halterman, 27, of Akron, Ind., according to the DNR.

Halterman saw the ATV but was unable to stop because of the slick road, officers said. Baldwin, who was not wearing a helmet, was ejected from the ATV. Emergency personnel transported him to Kosciusko Community Hospital, and he later was transferred to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.

Halterman was not injured. The accident remains under investigation.

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