Pawtucket Physique Gym Fire l WPRI.com

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pawt resident

United States

#1 Mar 2, 2009
WASNT THERE A FIRE THERE LAST MONTH
Rex

Lincoln, RI

#2 Mar 2, 2009
Yea and they finally arrested the owner
Nicholas

Pawtucket, RI

#3 Mar 2, 2009
Rex wrote:
Yea and they finally arrested the owner
I went to that gym, and I don't know if I believe that Gary would do such a thing.
sherry boyd

Providence, RI

#4 Mar 3, 2009
learned everything i know about lifting from gary.
went to his church as well. i would have to see the proof before i found him guilty. i am still in disbelief.
sherry boyd

Providence, RI

#5 Mar 3, 2009
won't believe it till i see the proof.
dyrick

Providence, RI

#6 Mar 3, 2009
don't believe it either
bird

West Greenwich, RI

#7 Mar 3, 2009
i loved that gym !!!!!!!!!gary is as hole
jerry

Meriden, CT

#8 Mar 3, 2009
that gym was nasty anyway. people spitting on the floor. and the equipment was from the 80's
bird

West Greenwich, RI

#9 Mar 3, 2009
no it wasnt i went there it was a good clean ,quiet gym and had good weights and machines
Nicholas

Pawtucket, RI

#10 Mar 3, 2009
I still don't understand why Gary would do that, if he even did it. I don't think he would do that. That was his life.
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Chris F

Pawtucket, RI

#11 Mar 3, 2009
Gary had burns on his legs when he was arrested and he left his keys in the front door of the gym. He always was a loose cannon. I think the gym was about to go under after Planet Fitness opened up.
Nicholas

Pawtucket, RI

#12 Mar 3, 2009
Chris F wrote:
Gary had burns on his legs when he was arrested and he left his keys in the front door of the gym. He always was a loose cannon. I think the gym was about to go under after Planet Fitness opened up.
How do we know that this is all true? And, where did YOU get this information? They just showed him on tv, and wouldn't say how the know he did it, or why he did it. And, why would he leave his keys there? This whole thing is wierd!!
Nicholas

Pawtucket, RI

#13 Mar 3, 2009
Maybe he did it, but the question is....WHY???
jerry

Meriden, CT

#14 Mar 3, 2009
i hate how rhode island doesnt give bail for anyone. if this was massachusetts he would get bail.
Chris F

Pawtucket, RI

#15 Mar 4, 2009
Don't question how "I" know. Everything I stated are facts. I can't say how I know.
I can only guess as to why he did it. I know that he was only barely making ends meet for years and when Planet Fitness opened a lot of people left and I think that pushed him over the edge.
Nicholas

Pawtucket, RI

#16 Mar 4, 2009
Chris F wrote:
Don't question how "I" know. Everything I stated are facts. I can't say how I know.
I can only guess as to why he did it. I know that he was only barely making ends meet for years and when Planet Fitness opened a lot of people left and I think that pushed him over the edge.
Soo...did he burn it to collect insurance?
Chris F

Pawtucket, RI

#17 Mar 5, 2009
That would be my guess, but that's only speculation. They are checking into his financial records to determine if that would have been the motive.
Ddiaz2009

Lexington Park, MD

#18 Mar 10, 2009
Imagine my shock when I was told about this and read it here. I don't live in Pawtucket(I left in 93')but I would stop by and train at the gym when I was visiting the area. I remember the gym being the only real hardcore gym left. Gary was very passionate about his gym, and I remember him being interviewed by reporters one day, and he spoke on the difference of the Physique Company and "Other social clubs" At the time he was refering to Bally's Fitness Center that had just opened, and was his major competition at the time. He called it a "flashy dance club for weekend warriors". I just hope that Gary gets cleared of any charges and my prayers go out to him.
Tony Jones

Newington, CT

#19 Apr 10, 2009
sherry boyd wrote:
learned everything i know about lifting from gary.
went to his church as well. i would have to see the proof before i found him guilty. i am still in disbelief.
Is this Sherry Boyd (Smith) who sang with "Circus" a Worcester Area band back in the 70s-80s?
anonymous juror

Cranston, RI

#20 Sep 27, 2013
Yup guilty. Chris F had the facts right. That was only the start of it. He was trying to get 125k from insurance as well.

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