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Fourth Grade Boy Killed in Fire Called a Hero

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An early morning fire at a mobile home community in Penfield ended in tragedy. Three people died in the fire, including an eight-year-old boy who attended school at East Rochester.

"Family was running around screaming. We knew there was three people left inside and the family was very distraught," said Lindsay Snyder.

Snyder, a neighbor, described the chaos that surrounded the charred up mobile home at East Avenue Mobile Home Park as it went up in flames.

"In just a matter of minutes it just burned down so fast. It's kind of traumatizing," Snyder said.

The Penfield Fire Chief says the were called out to the Fondiller Avenue Home around 4:45 a.m. Monday. They were onscene within minutes, but because of the raging flames, not even they could get inside.

"When they got to the rear of the structure, the first two guys that were there to make a rescue, there was fire rolling all the length of the trailer over their heads," said Chief Chris Ebmeyer.

Ebmeyer said Tyler Doohan, 8; Louis Beach, 56; and Steven Smith, 54, died inside. Six people, including two children, were able to escape the fire.

Ebmeyer says Tyler woke everyone up, but went back inside to help a disabled family member and neither made it out.

"I was more devastated to know that his life ended so young," said Linda Herman.

Ebmeyer says Tyler and another victim were found in a back bedroom. The other victim was found in the front of the home.

Ebmeyer says Tyler was staying the night with his grandfather.

Investigators believe the fire may have been electrical and may have started in the living room of the home.

"It's one of those things, you wish you were there 10 or 15 minutes before you got there to try to help maybe save someone's life," said Ebmeyer.

The charred mobile home, barely standing, is a sobering sight for neighbors in this tight-knit mobile home park.

"That was my neighbor and was a good neighbor, now I don't have a neighbor," said Krystoph Bodzon.

Tyler was a student in the East Rochester School District. Grief counselors will be on hand at his school Tuesday. There's also going to be grief counselors at the Penfield Fire House for those who worked this scene.

Investigators aren't sure if the home has working fire detectors. Ebmeyer says the fire is still under investigation.

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