Hearth destroys a part of Paul Newman’s camp for sick kids Oklahoma Information
A fire on Friday night destroyed much of Paul Newman’s Hole in Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children in Connecticut.
Jimmy Canton, the chief executive of the Ashford warehouse, said no one appears to have been injured in the fire, which was reported to firefighters by an automatic fire alarm just before 5 p.m. Lumber shop and cooking programs were destroyed.
“Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this point, the Hole in Wall Gang Camp is known to be a community devoted to hope and healing,” Canton said in a statement. “We will get through this as we always have and always will – as a family.”
Tom Borgman, the assistant chief of Ashford Volunteer Fire Department, said the fire destroyed two buildings, including a large structure designed to look like the center of an old western town. Different sections of the timber frame building were built to look like separate buildings and house different programs, he said.
He said at least six other local departments helped put out the fire.
“There was a heavy, heavy fire,” he said. “That part of the structure was on fire and near the dining room. It was very hard work that saved that. “
Borgman said it took about 90 minutes to get the fire under control and firefighters could rescue the camp’s infirmary as well.
It was not immediately clear whether anyone was working in the camp at the time of the fire and the origin and cause of the fire were being investigated by federal, state and local authorities.
The camp, with extensive on-site medical facilities, was founded by Newman in the forests of east Connecticut in 1988 with a western theme inspired by the late actor’s film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
It offers summer camping experiences for children with severe physical and medical limitations, although the traditional summer camp was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The charity also runs child contact programs in more than 40 hospitals, clinics, and other facilities in the Northeast, and serves more than 20,000 children each year.
The camp is funded in part by income from the sale of Newman’s Own branded products.
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