Boy dies after saving six family members from fire

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Jan 22, 2014

An eight-year-old boy from upstate New York suffered a tragic end after alerting eight family members of a fire.

CNN reports that Tyler J. Doohan of East Rochester was spending the night with relatives when a fire erupted inside their mobile home. Doohan woke six people, including two more children, who were able to exit the home. Knowing that his disabled grandfather was still in the home, Doohan went back inside in an attempt to save him. "By that time, the fire had traveled to the back of the trailer," Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer told CNN. "Unfortunately they both succumbed to heat and smoke." Their bodies were found in the same bedroom. Doohan's uncle also died in the blaze.

Ebmeyer believes there were no working smoke alarms in the home. Following the tragedy, his department is planning a public service initiative tied to smoke alarms. Watch the CNN report for more information.