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Three killed in mobile home fire

Penfield, N.Y. - Three people, including an eight-year-old child, were killed in an early-morning mobile home fire Monday. Another six people were injured.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies said that Lewos Beach, 57, Steven Smith, 54, and Tyler Doohan, 8, were killed Monday morning after a fire at Beachs residence at 39 Fondiller Avenue. A dog was also killed in the fire.

Deputies said nine people were in the home at the time. Four other adults and two children, age four and six, escaped and were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation and burns.

Penfield's fire chief said the eight-year-old alerted most of the people inside the motor home about the fire and escaped, but then went back inside the structure to save his grandfather.

He was staying at the mobile home to spend time with his grandfather for the holiday.

The chief said that Doohan attended East Rochester schools, and that grief counselors would be on hand for students.

Firefighters first heard the report of a fire at 4:47 a.m. Monday. Crews were on scene within minutes; however, by that point, the structure was fully engulfed and the front of the roof had collapsed, and firefighters were unable to get inside to make a rescue.

One man was found dead in the front of the trailer. The grandfather and eight-year-old were found in a rear bedroom.

Firefighters believe the cause of the fire to be accidental.

Counseling will be available for Penfield firefighters. The last fatal fire in the town was six years ago.

Statement from the East Rochester School District:

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.

It is extremely important to remember that according to emergency personnel, the 9-year-old boy 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.

Our principals, psychologists, and other support staff are working today to contact the families of his classmates; counseling and support will be available to all students and staff tomorrow.

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