Boy dies trying to save grandfather from burning home

PENFIELD, N.Y. — A brave 8-year-old boy who roused his family when he saw a fire in their mobile home died trying to save his disabled grandfather.

Tyler Doohan helped six relatives — including two children, ages 4 and 6 — escape the burning home in upstate New York home early Monday, but the boy went back inside where his grandfather and uncle were trapped, family said.

"The kid has more guts than I know of," an uncle, Joseph Bereyette, told WHEC-TV. "I mean, to run back in there and go through what he went through to try to save his uncle — what can you say for the kid? He was a great kid."

An online fundraising campaign has raised enough money to pay for Tyler's funeral.

The page set up on has raised $5,100 as of Wednesday morning.

“Authorities in the town of Penfield, just east of Rochester, say the boy alerted relatives to the fire early Monday morning inside his grandfather's trailer home, and that six of them escaped.

They say the boy died while trying to rescue his grandfather, who used a wheelchair and crutches after losing a leg.

Fire officials say Tyler's body was found just a few feet from his 57-year-old grandfather. Tyler's 54-year-old uncle also died.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

Boy dies trying to save grandfather from burning home 01/22/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:27am]

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