8-Year-Old Angel Perishes Trying to Save Brother From Fire

By Jillian Scharr
|  Friday, Jun 18, 2010  |  Updated 10:00 AM EDT
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8-Year-Old Angel Perishes Trying to Save Brother From Fire

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Two children died and five others were injured in the blaze.

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A brave 8-year-old boy lost his life trying to rescue his baby brother from a massive fire that engulfed their Queens home yesterday morning.

Tyanthony Duckette had escaped the burning building with his grandmother, Carlota Wilson, who stayed home with the boys and their 10-year-old sister Tyanne while their mother took the older three to school, the NY Post reports.

Wilson carried Tyanthony and Tyanne to safety, but they couldn't find their 17-month-old brother Daniel. Tyanthony reportedly wrestled free of his grandmother and ran back inside.

"He's a little hero," Tyanthony's grandfather Andrew Wilson told the Post.  "He would do anything for his brothers and sisters.  They're all very, very close."

The children's mother, Sonia Wilson, arrived at the burning house and had to be physically restrained by firefighters as they put out the blaze and searched for the children.

The brothers were rushed to Jamaica Hospital and pronounced dead due to smoke inhalation. 

"Both were burned, but the older one was the worst," an unidentified neighbor told the Post.

The fire seems to have started with "a lighting fixture coming into contact with combustible material," the AP reports.

There were no smoke detectors in the Springfield Gardens home.

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