Tyler Doohan, 8, Dies In Fire Trying To Save 6 Family Members In Mobile Home

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Tyler Doohan, 8, died on Monday after saving six family members from a burning mobile home.

Tyler Doohan, an 8-year-old boy, died Monday after saving six family members from their burning mobile home.

According to CNN, the boy from East Rochester, N.Y., was staying with his relatives in Penfield, N.Y., Sunday night when he saw a fire in the single-wide trailer.

According to Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer, Tyler woke up six people who were asleep in the burning trailer, including a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. He then went back in to help his disabled grandfather and got trapped.

"By that time, the fire had traveled to the back of the trailer," Ebmeyer said. "Unfortunately they both succumbed to heat and smoke."

When firefighters responded to an emergency call at 4:45 a.m. Monday, Tyler's body was found with his grandfather's in a back bedroom on the bed. CNN reported that firefighters believe the boy was trying to lift his grandfather out of bed when he was overcome by smoke.

"It makes me really proud, it really does, but I just want him back," Tyler's mother, Crystal Vrooman, told CNN affiliate WHAM.

Vrooman said her son broke away from his aunt to run back inside and try to save his grandfather, who was his best friend.

"I'm just so grateful that he went with people that he loved," she said. "He didn't go alone."

Authorities said his uncle also died in the fire, as well as several pets, including dogs, cats, a rabbit and hamsters. CBS identified the victims as Tyler, his grandfather Louis Beach, 57, who owned the mobile home, and his uncle Steven Smith, 54.

The names of the six people Tyler rescued, and their conditions, have not been released.

"In bravely and selflessly giving his own life, he was able to save the lives of six others -- and he truly is a hero," Richard Stutzman Jr., interim superintendent of Tyler's school in the East Rochester School District, said in a statement.

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, it is believed to be accidental. Ebmeyer said the trailer did not have a smoke detector, but there was at least one space heater inside.

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