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Community Seeking To Help Family Of Penfield Fire Victims

Fundraising efforts are underway to help a local family who lost several loved ones in a fire.
Fundraising efforts are underway to help a local family who lost several loved ones in a fire. 

The flag outside the school eight-year-old Tyler Doohan attended in East Rochester flies at half-staff. Superintendent Richard Stutzman says the little boy's death is having a big impact. Tyler died when he ran back into his burning mobile home. His bravery will never be forgotten. 

"To go running back in there it's quite something. It's probably not what you teach in fire school, however he did it and that's how we're going to remember him; he wanted to help his grandfather," Stutzman said.

Tyler is remembered as a 4th grader who always had a smile on his face. 

"We met with the faculty first thing before the students even arrived. We talked with them that day, and if they should address it with their children right upfront, answer whatever questions they can. If there are questions they can't answer, that's okay," Stutzman said.

At the fire scene a few miles away in Penfield, stuffed animals have been left by Tyler's friends. Terri Ricci lives on Fondiller Drive. 

"A day ago it was so different," she said. 

Ricci's home stands in front of the one destroyed by the fire. Tyler's grandfather, Louis Beach, and another man, Stephen Smith, were also killed. 

"I'll always see the vision of that trailer there and as long as I live here I'll never forget Lou," Terri said.

Neighbors, friends and classmates are devastated. It will take time to heal broken hearts. 

"Let's just get through today and see what tomorrow brings," Stutzman said.

Fire investigators are still working to pinpoint what started the fire. Right now it is believed to be an accident caused by an electrical problem. 

You can find the link to the YouCaring.com fundraiser here.
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