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August 1, 2014

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Funeral funds raised for NY boy who rescued 6 from fire

PENFIELD, N.Y. — An online fundraising campaign has raised enough money to pay for the funeral of an 8-year-old New York boy who died while trying to rescue his disabled grandfather from a burning mobile home.

The page set up on YouCaring.com for Tyler Doohan says more than $5,100 has been raised as of Wednesday morning.

Authorities in the town of Penfield, just east of Rochester, say the boy alerted relatives to the fire early Monday morning inside his grandfather's trailer home, and that six of them escaped.

They say the boy died while trying to rescue his grandfather, who used a wheelchair and crutches after losing a leg.

Fire officials say Tyler's body was found just a few feet from his 57-year-old grandfather. A 54-year-old uncle also died.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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