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Fire destroys part of Paul Newman’s camp for sick children

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Ashford, Connecticut (AP) —A Friday evening fire destroyed four buildings in Paul Newman’s Hall, Wall Gang Camp, for seriously ill children in Connecticut.

Jimmy Canton, chief executive officer of the camp, said no one seemed to be injured in the flames reported after 5 pm.

“At this point, the cause of the fire is unknown, but we know that the holes in the wall gang camp are a community dedicated to hope and healing,” Canton said in a statement. “As a family, we overcome this in the way we always have and always do.”

The camp, with its large medical facility on site, was founded by Newman in the woods of eastern Connecticut in 1988 and uses Western motifs inspired by Newman’s movie Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid.

The traditional summer camp was canceled in 2020 due to a coronavirus pandemic, but provides a summer camp experience adapted for children with severe physical and medical restrictions.

Charities also run outreach programs for children in more than 40 hospitals, clinics and other environments in the northeast, servicing more than 20,000 children each year.

The camp is partially funded by revenue from the sale of “Newman’s Own” branded products.

Fire destroys part of Paul Newman’s camp for sick children

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