8-year-old saves 6 from fire, dies while trying to save grandfather

8-year-old saves 6 from fire, dies while trying to save grandfather (Image 1)
8-year-old saves 6 from fire, dies while trying to save grandfather (Image 1)

An 8-year-old New York boy is being hailed a hero after saving six people from a burning home before dying while trying to save two others, including his disabled grandfather.

Tyler Doohan first noticed the fire at his grandfather's mobile home outside Rochester during the early morning hours Monday.

Officials said the boy sprung into action and quickly woke up the eight other people sleeping in the trailer.

Six people, including his grandmother and two young children, managed to escape.

Tyler died while trying to rescue his 57-year-old grandfather, who used a wheelchair and crutches after losing a leg.

Tyler's mother told WHAM-TV in Rochester her son and was found on the bed with his grandfather. She suspects the pair was trying to get to the window and to safety.

A 54-year-old uncle also perished in the blaze.

According to the Associated Press, an online fundraising campaign set up following Tyler's death had raised more than $5,000 as of Wednesday morning, enough to pay for the boy's funeral.

The cause of the fire appears to be electrical but remains under investigation.

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