NY boy killed in fire hailed as hero
In this Jan. 20, 2014 photo, snow falls on the burned out shell of a mobile home in Penfield, N.Y. Firefighters are calling eight-year-old Tyler Doohan a hero after his actions alerted and saved six of the nine people living in the 14-foot-by-60-foot trailer after fire broke out in the early morning hours of Monday. Doohan died while trying to save his disabled grandfather from the flames. His grandfather and an uncle perished. (AP Photo/Rochester Democrat on Chronicle, Tina McIntyre-Yee)
PENFIELD, N.Y. — An 8-year-old boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home had saved the lives of six relatives after being awoken by a burning blanket, authorities said.
Tyler Doohan was being called a hero by firefighters on Wednesday, two days after the early morning fire tore through the grandfather’s home in a trailer park in Penfield, killing the boy, his grandfather and his uncle. Six other relatives — four adults and children ages 4 and 6 — were rescued because of Tyler’s actions, officials said.
“He saved six people. They all would have died if he hadn’t woken up,” said Chris Ebmeyer, chief of the volunteer fire company in Penfield.
Tyler, spending the night at his grandfather’s place, was awoken when the blanket covering his sleeping 4-year-old cousin caught fire, Ebmeyer said. Tyler woke up six of his relatives, and they all made it outside. He then ran back to the room where his 57-year-old grandfather, Lewis Beach, was sleeping. Beach used a wheelchair and crutches after having a leg amputated because of health problems, the fire chief said.
Firefighters found Tyler’s body a few feet from Beach’s, Ebmeyer said. The body of Tyler’s 54-year-old uncle, Steven Smith, was found in another part of the trailer.