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Neighbors react to deadly mobile home fire
by Jane Flasch
Penfield, N.Y. - Investigators say Tyler Doohan, with the help of his mother and brother, woke his family and then ran outside, but when his grandfather didnt make it out, Tyler went back in. They were found lying together.
The family was running around screaming and we knew that their family was left inside, said Lindsey Snyder, a neighbor.
Investigators say the fire started in the front of the home, possibly in the living room area. The first firefighters were nearby and at the scene within two minutes. But it was already too late.
The trailer was completely involved in fire, says Penfield Fire Chief, Chris Ebmeyer. There was no way to even get inside to attempt a rescue. The roof had collapsed in the front half of the trailer.
In a matter of minutes it burnt down, it was so fast, said Snyder.
The 8-year-old and his brother were the first to smell smoke. They woke up their mother and all three woke a grandmother, sister and other members of his family who escaped to safety. They told neighbors what happened next.
They were all injured and they couldnt stop him from running inside, says Patrick Bodzon, a neighbor. He wasnt injured. He was able enough to run in, and he ran in and never came out.
There is nothing left of the mobile home. Neighbors remember the grandfather, Lewis Beach, 58, as a kind hearted man who helped others.
He was disabled but if we needed help hed help, says Bodzon. Hed snow blow everyones driveway.
The third person who died is identified as Stephen Smith, 56. According to Smith's family, he was not mobile because one of his legs was amuptated.
Investigators have not yet determined the cause of the fire but say it might be electrical in nature.
Weve learned the home was heated entirely by electric space heaters.
Several pets, including a dog, also died in the fire.