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Family reacts to deadly Penfield fire

Penfield, N.Y. -- Firefighters said 8-year-old Tyler Doohan saved six lives before he died trying to rescue two others from a fire Monday morning.

He cared about people and he was always willing to help, and prime example: burning place he ran back in, said the boys uncle, Joseph Breyette

Several family members returned to the charred mobile home on Fondiller Avenue in Penfield to look for photos and keepsakes they could use to preserve memories.

Just everybodys got to realize what they could lose in a moments notice, Breyette said. I mean this happened so quick this morning.

Breyette lost three people that morning his stepfather, 57-year-old Louis Beach; his nieces boyfriend, 54-year-old Steven Smith; and his young nephew, 8-year-old Tyler Doohan.

My stepfather got my mother out of the house," Breyette said. "I think he went back in to make sure everyone else was out and he wasnt able to make it out. 

Beach went back into the house to help Smith, a one-leg amputee who was stuck inside. Witnesses said Beach quickly got trapped inside the home.

He heard him in there, so he tried to go in and help him," Breyette said. "But, you know, some things you shouldnt go back into.

Doohan ran back into the flames to try to save his grandpa and uncle. All three died inside.

Its still hard to grip or even put your hands around it, you know, Breyette said, I dont know why or what the plan of life is.

Six others survived, suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. Three remain in the hospital.

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Washington Times