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8-year-old boy dies after running into burning building to save his family


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When Tyler Doohan woke up early Monday morning, there was no way he could know that what he was about to do would make him a hero, but ultimately take his life.

Doohan, only 8-years-old, woke up to flames beginning to engulf his western New York mobile home. That’s when the little boy sprung to action, waking up his relatives, including two young children and leading them to safety outside. As the flames continued to roar, Tyler ran back inside to try and rescue his disabled Uncle. He never walked back out.

Doohan perished in the mobile home fire along with his Uncle and Grandfather who were trapped inside. Tyler, who was in the 4th grade in nearby East Rochester, was visiting his extended family for the night.

From WHEC:

The fire chief says Tyler was visiting his grandfather, Lou Beach, and decided to spend the night. The chief believes the young boy was the first out of the house when the fire broke out. Many people are calling him a hero.

Tyler was a fourth grader in East Rochester. News10NBC spoke with the East Rochester School Superintendent.

Richard Stutzman, Jr., Interim Superintendent said, “Tyler was a very caring young man, always had a smile on his face.” Actually I just got an email from one of our staff members, who when they heard Tyler had gone back in, or continued to help his grandfather get out of the burning building, they were not surprised at all. That’s the type of young man he was, and in my heart and the heart of East Rochester, he’s a true hero.”



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