Paul Newman’s Sick Youngsters’s Camp has a big structural fireplace

Connecticut State Forces and the Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit (FEIU) responded Friday afternoon to a report of a structural fire in the hole at Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, according to Connecticut state trooper Josue J. Dorelus.

Police didn’t provide any information about how much an area was affected, but Camp CEO James Canton said the fire destroyed the crafts, wood shop, cooking zone and storage buildings.

There were no injuries. FEIU is working with local firefighters to determine the cause and origin of the fire, Dorelus said.

The camp, which is located about 35 miles east of Hartford, was started by Paul Newman in 1988 for seriously ill children and their families, according to the camp website. It is named after the gang of outlaws in Newman’s hit film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”.

“It was Paul’s dream that Camp, with its unremarkable medical care, would provide a fun experience for critically ill children, one of compassion, laughter, and acceptance,” the camp website says.

Canton thanked the local fire departments and the state police for their response.

“Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this point, it is known that the Hole at Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to hope and healing. We will get through this as we always have and always will – – as a family, “he said.

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