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Uncle of eight-year-old fire victim: "He was a great kid."

Updated: 01/20/2014 8:03 PM
Created: 01/20/2014 6:15 PM WHEC.com
By: Amanda Ciavarri

News10NBC is hearing from the family of three victims killed in a mobile home fire in Penfield.

The fire broke out while everyone was asleep overnight. Fire officials say eight-year-old Tyler Doohan was the first one to wake up and see the flames. He was a fourth grader in East Rochester and was staying the night with his grandfather since he didn’t have school Monday. Tyler’s grandfather, 57-year-old Lou Beach and Tyler’s uncle, 54-year-old Steve Smith, also died in the fire. 

Some family members of the victims returned to the home Monday afternoon to see if there was anything they could grab that wasn’t destroyed by the fire. News10NBC spoke with a man who says Beach was his stepfather. Beach owned the home.

We’re told some of the people were living at the home while they were in-between homes. Eight-year-old Tyler Doohan was visiting his grandfather and decided to spend the night. Family members say Tyler was the first to get out of the house, but he went back in to save his grandfather and uncle. His uncle had an amputated leg. The three of them would not make it out.

Joseph Bereyette, Tyler’s uncle, said, “The kid has got more guts than I know of. 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.”

Tyler was in the fourth grade in East Rochester. There will be counselors on hand at the school Tuesday.

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