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Providence, RI - Furniture Factory Fire Was Arson by Owner

Published on: February 1, 2007 11:42 AM
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Providence, RI - An Olneyville furniture factory that went up in flames, was an arson fire and was insured for $4 million just before the fire, an arson investigator testified in District Court.

East Sider Markus Gorkin, owner of the factory, is charged with first-degree arson for the unsuccessful attempt to destroy the building by using what investigators describe as elaborate incendiary devices triggered by timers.
Gorkin, 67, of 14 Maxcy Drive, is a well-regarded member of the Jewish community who emigrated in 1979 from what is now Belarus, and his wife is a physician. He has said outside the court that he has helped hundreds of Jewish emigrants to relocate to the United States by assisting them with jobs, short-term living expenses, education and similar arrangements.

The police say that Gorkin, who holds a college degree in engineering, used his mechanical expertise to cobble together simple components to set up six incendiary devices to burn his business, United Industries of New England, which is housed in a mill complex at 99 Hartford Ave., across the street from the Olneyville Post Office.
Only one of the devices placed throughout the two-story building ignited, apparently at about midnight, causing a fire that scorched a wall and burned a small hole in the first-floor ceiling. The smoldering blaze, which set off the sprinklers, was discovered at about 5:30 a.m. when a factory employee saw water running under a door and out of the building.

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 Feb 06, 2007 at 11:17 PM O.Gevald Says:

Oif a "gonif" brent dus hittel...


 Feb 04, 2007 at 11:20 PM Anonymous Says:

This article is about a personal friend and I can attest to his unbelievable generosity to people of all walks of life!!! Do not believe every word that is written!


 Feb 02, 2007 at 11:26 AM Anonymous Says:

o. gevald
yimach shimcho


 Feb 02, 2007 at 11:21 AM I'm Gnawing Tings Says:

you enjoy seeing a fellow jew in trouble. there is a special wing up there for your type. You are asid liten ess hadin


 Feb 01, 2007 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

jewish lightning


 Feb 01, 2007 at 12:05 PM O.Gevald Says:

A genius!!!
His engineering degree is as worthless as the failed devices he tried to make.
His furniture business couldn't have been a smashing success either if he was planning to torch it.
So, how about "shoe repair"?
Welcome to America. Prison, that is.


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