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Two Firefighters Killed in Ohio Building Fire

A pair of firefighters facing down an inferno at an apartment complex near downtown Toledo, Ohio, were killed Sunday, city officials said.

The two firefighter fatalities were reported to the Lucas County coroner's office Sunday, deputy coroner Dr. Maneesha Pandey told the Toledo Blade newspaper.

Pandey told the newspaper that autopsies were scheduled for Monday. The names of the fallen firefighters have not yet been released, pending identification and family notification.

"Everyone is just numb right now," Dan Desmond, a longtime firefighter, told the newspaper. He said he personally knew the two late firefighters, but couldn't talk about them.

The fire department was expected to hold a news conference Sunday night to disclose additional information on the deadly blaze.

The firefighters were battling the blaze around 3:30 p.m. inside a six-unit apartment complex on Magnolia Street, near the Huron Market, according to NBC affiliate WNWO in Toledo. They were then pulled from the burning building by fellow firefighters and transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins was at the hospital on Sunday, along with members of the fire department — many of whom were still outfitted in their full gear, according to the station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Daniel Arkin