Money raised for funeral of 9-year-old killed in fire

Created: 01/22/2014 9:03 PM WHEC.com

He's being hailed as a hero for sacrificing his life to save others.
Now people in our area have raised enough money to pay for the funeral of 9-year-old Tyler Doohan.

Tyler, along with his grandfather and uncle, were killed in a mobile home fire in Penfield on Monday.

More than $38,000 has been raised so far in an online fundraising campaign. The money will be used to pay for Tyler's funeral.

The cause of the fire still hasn't been released. Officials think it may have been electrical in nature.

News10NBC spoke to the Penfield Fire Chief about the dangers of fires in mobile homes.

“When you're talking about a fire in a confined space such as a trailer, that's basically a metal box, that's constructed in a manner to keep it lightweight, and also has typically metal siding on it and that reflects the heat back upon itself, there's not a lot of exits for the heat or smoke, so it tends to build up quite fast  and doesn't give people much time to get out,” said Chris Ebmeyer, Penfield Fire Chief.

Tyler was a fourth grader at East Rochester. Officials say he went back into the burning home to help six other family members escape.

To donate to Tyler’s funeral fund, click here.


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