Paul Newman camp for sick children has large structural fire


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

Police did not provide information on how large an area was affected, but Camp CEO James Canton said the blaze destroyed the arts and crafts, wood shop, cooking zone and camp store buildings.

This file photo shows the arts and crafts, woodshop and the cooking zone buildings, which were destroyed in the fire.

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

The camp, 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’s named after the gang of outlaws in Newman’s hit movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

“It was Paul’s dream that Camp, with its unobtrusive expert medical care, would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance,” the camp website said.

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

“Although the cause of the fire is unknown at this time, what is known is that The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community devoted to hope and healing. We will get through this in the way that we always have and always will — as a family,” he said.



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