Fire Destroys Large Section Of Paul Newman's Camp For Sick Children

Written by on February 13, 2021

A hearth on Friday night destroyed a big part of Paul Newman’s Gap within the Wall Gang Camp for severely in poor health youngsters in Connecticut.

Jimmy Canton, the chief govt of the camp in Ashford, mentioned it seems nobody was injured within the blaze, which was reported to fireside officers via an automated fireplace alarm simply earlier than 5 p.m. He mentioned buildings housing the camp’s retailer and humanities and crafts, woodshop and cooking applications have been destroyed.

“Though the reason for the hearth is unknown at the moment, what is understood is that The Gap within the Wall Gang Camp is a group dedicated to hope and therapeutic,” Canton mentioned in a press release. “We are going to get via this in the best way that we all the time have and all the time will — as a household.”

Tom Borgman, the deputy chief of the Ashford Volunteer Hearth Division, mentioned the hearth destroyed two buildings, together with a big construction that was made to seem like the middle of an previous western city. Completely different sections of the wood-frame constructing have been constructed to seem like separate buildings, housing completely different applications, he mentioned.

He mentioned at the very least six different native departments assisted in placing out the hearth.

“There was a heavy, heavy fireplace,” he mentioned. “That part of the construction was burning fairly laborious and it was near the eating corridor. It was very laborious work that saved that.”

Borgman mentioned it took about 90 minutes to deliver the hearth underneath management and firefighters have been additionally capable of save the camp’s infirmary.

It was not instantly clear if anybody was working on the camp on the time of the hearth and the origin and reason for the blaze have been being investigated by federal, state and native authorities.

The camp, with intensive medical services on website, was based by Newman in 1988 within the woods of japanese Connecticut, with a Western motif impressed by the late actor’s film “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Child.”

It gives summer time tenting experiences tailored for kids with critical bodily and medical limitations, though its conventional summer time camp was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The charity additionally runs outreach applications for kids in additional than 40 hospitals, clinics and different settings within the Northeast, serving greater than 20,000 youngsters every year.

The camp is funded partly via proceeds from the sale of “Newman’s Personal” model merchandise.

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