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Man who set Springfield Twp condo fire committed suicide

The fire at Hidden Cedars killed two people, and displaced dozens of residents. The fire at Hidden Cedars killed two people, and displaced dozens of residents.
Robert McGhee, 61, died in the fire he set, causing his death to be named a suicide. Robert McGhee, 61, died in the fire he set, causing his death to be named a suicide.

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - The death of Robert McGhee, the man who started a deadly fire in Springfield Township, has been ruled a suicide.

Tyler Grayson lives just one building over in the Hidden Cedars condominium community from the building where fire took the lives of both 61-year-old McGhee and 58-year-old Olandia Keith Dixon on March 25.

"Pretty nice guys, friendly, they talked whenever you seen them. Keith really didn't come out that much but Robert McGhee, I talked to him socially, so he was a social friend," Grayson said.

The night of March 25, Grayson watched as the building in the Hidden Cedars condominiums went up in flames in a matter of minutes.

"It was pretty, you know it was bizarre, flames shooting everywhere, black smoke filling the sky all across the highway and everything ," Grayson explained.

The fire was ruled to be arson on April second by the Fire Marshall, Springfield Township Fire Department and Lucas County Sheriff's Office. Within the last week, the Lucas County Coroner has ruled McGhee's death to be suicide and Dixon's death to be a homicide.

There is no word on how the coroner came to that conclusion, and the Fire Marshall put out a statement, saying "The State Fire Marshal has no comment on the Coroner's report.  The Coroner is the expert in determining cause of death. The Division of State Fire Marshal Investigators began their work immediately after the fire.  Our specialty is determining origin and cause.  This was a set fire- arson.  The origin was the basement hallway. We will continue to assist the lead agency: The Lucas County Sheriff in anything they need."

The news leaves many residents with more questions than answers, but another piece of the puzzle has been found for now.

A total of 69 residents were displaced as a result of the fire.

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