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  • 22 January 2014, 23:49

Funeral Funds Raised For 'Hero' New York Boy

An online fundraising campaign has raised enough money to pay for the funeral of an eight-year-old New York boy who died in a trailer home fire after saving six relatives.

Tyler Doohan was hailed a hero after family said he alerted them to the fire in Penfield, just east of Rochester.

Authorities said the boy died trying to rescue his grandfather and a disabled uncle, who were also killed in the blaze.

A fundraising page set up on YouCaring.com had raised more than $5,500 as of Wednesday to help pay for the boy's funeral.

Nine people were inside the trailer when a fire broke out shortly before 5am on Monday.

Tyler managed to wake up six people, including his grandmother, aunt and two children aged four and six.

Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said that had it not been for Tyler's bravery, the death toll would likely have been much worse.

"He saved those other six people," he said.

Tyler's uncle, Joseph Bereyette, told WHEC-TV: "The kid has more guts than anyone 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."

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