8-year-old Tyler J. Doohan died a hero. Few can match his act of selflessness and bravery.
Tyler was staying over with his grandfather’s trailer in suburban Rochester, NY for the holiday when a fire broke out early on Monday morning.
According to investigators Tyler woke up six people including two other children who were 4 and 6 — all of whom managed to escape the burning single-wide trailer.
Tyler lost his life attempting to rescue a disabled relative and did not make it out of the burning home.
He was one of three people who died in the fire. Tyler, his grandfather and disabled uncle’s bodies were found together in a rear bedroom of the charred mobile home.
The relatives who escaped the fire were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. One woman suffered second-degree burns as she helped others from the burning trailer.
Fire investigators said it appears the fire was accidental, but they are still trying to determine what sparked the blaze.
"The roof had collapsed on the front half of the trailer and one of the individuals was found there, probably on a couch but there was nothing left to even see if it was furniture," said Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer.
"In the rear, there was a bedroom and the other deceased male was found in a bed. The child was a few feet way."
A donation site has been set up to help pay for Tyler's funeral expenses.