Saturday, May 30, 2015

Eight-year-old NY boy saves 6 in fire, dies trying to save 7th

An 8-year-old New York boy died in a trailer fire on Monday after saving six of his relatives. Tyler Doohan didn't have school on Monday because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so he asked if he could stay at his grandfather's trailer in a Rochester suburb.

Eight-year-old NY boy saves 6 in fire, dies trying to save 7th

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An 8-year-old New York boy died in a trailer fire on Monday after saving six of his relatives. Tyler Doohan didn't have school on Monday because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so he asked if he could stay at his grandfather's trailer in a Rochester suburb.

There were nine people sleeping in the trailer. A fire spread quickly during Monday's early morning hours. Tyler awoke and took the time to wake up six of the trailer's occupants. Firefighters believe he went back and tried to help his "Uncle Steve," who is missing part of a leg.

Tyler Doohan died as he tried to rescue his disabled uncle.

The relatives who escaped the fire, whom neighbors said included Tyler's grandmother, aunt and cousins, were taken to a hospital Strong Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not considered life threatening. One woman suffered second-degree burns as she helped others from the burning trailer, Ebmeyer said.

Ebmeyer said the casualties of the fire could have been much worse if not for Tyler's actions because so many people were staying in the home.

To read more about fire regulations in New York trailers, Tyler Doohan, his heroics, his grandfather's life, and the blaze that claimed them both, check out the full report over at USA Today.

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