An eight-year-old boy has saved six relatives from a fire at a trailer home in New York, but died trying to rescue a disabled uncle.
Tyler Doohan’s body was found in the bedroom of his grandfather’s small trailer in Penfield, a suburb of Rochester.
Nine people were inside the trailer when a fire broke out shortly before 5am on Monday. Tyler managed to wake six people up, including his grandmother, aunt and two children aged four and six. He then went back inside to help the remaining occupants of the trailer.
Tyler was found near the bed of his uncle Steve Smith, a wheelchair-user, and investigators believe he was trying to wake him up. Mr Smith and Tyler’s grandfather Louis Beach also died.
Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said the death toll would likely have been much worse were it not for the boy’s bravery.
“He saved those other six people,” he was quoted as saying by USA Today. The boy was hailed as a hero by neighbours and officials at his school.
“The kid has more guts than I know of,” an uncle, Joseph Bereyette, told Rochester-based station WHEC. “I mean, to run back in there and go through what he went through to try to save his uncle – what can you say for the kid? He was a great kid.”