Boy (8) dies in fire with grandfather and uncle after he saves the lives of six others
Published 22/01/2014 | 13:08
An eight-year-old boy has lost his life in a fire after he saved the lives of six other people.
The fire spread as the nine occupants of the trailer slept, but Tyler managed to wake up and save six people, including his grandmother and two other children aged four and six.
Police believe the young boy died while trying to save his disabled uncle who uses a wheelchair and crutches. Tyler, who spent most of his young life in different homes, was killed along with his grandfather, Louis J. Beach (57) and his uncle Steven D. Smith (54).
He has been called a ‘hero’ at his school in the East Rochester Central School District where he was in fourth grade.
The fire is believed to have been caused from an electrical problem at the front of the trailer.
"The roof had collapsed on the front half of the trailer and one of the individuals was found there, probably on a couch, but there was nothing left to even see if it was furniture," Penfield Fire Chief Chris Ebmeyer said, describing the scene firefighters discovered.
"In the rear, there was a bedroom and the other deceased male was found in a bed. The child was a few feet away.
"[Tyler] saved those other six people," he said.
"With great sadness, the East Rochester School District confirms one of the three victims of an early-morning fire in Penfield was a fourth-grade boy at our school," Tyler’s school wrote in a statement. "It is extremely important to remember that according to emergency personnel, [Tyler] was the person who discovered the fire and tried to wake the eight other people in the residence at the time. In bravely and selflessly giving his own life, he was able to save the lives of six others — and he is truly a hero."