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8-year-old saves 6 people from fire, but dies trying to save grandfather

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An 8-year-old boy woke up to a fire and hurried trying to save everyone. 

Authorities say Tyler  Doohan,  was staying at the home of relatives in the nearby town of Penfield, New York Sunday night.

A fire broke out around 4:45 a.m. Tyler was able to wake six other people inside the small trailer, including two other children, ages 4 and 6.

Tyler went back into the blaze to help his disabled grandfather, but they both succumbed to heat and smoke. Tyler's uncle was also killed in the fire.

The cause of the blaze is still under investigation but believed to be accidental.  There was no working smoke detector inside the home. There was at least one space heater inside the trailer.

Several pets, including dogs, cats, a rabbit and hamsters, also died in the fire.

Richard Stutzman Jr., interim superintendent of the East Rochester School District, where Tyler attended fourth grade, issued a statement: "In bravely and selflessly giving his own life, he was able to save the lives of six others -- and he truly is a hero."

-- Info from CNN

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