Community rallies around severely burned teenager

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RAYMOND, Wash. -- An entire town is rallying around a young man who was severely burned in a brush-clearing accident, and the boy's parents say they're overwhelmed by the support.

The town of Raymond may not be big in numbers, but it is big in support. And the community has come together to support burn victim Caleb Doyle.

Caleb's fellow high school students are raising money for the 15-year-old freshman at Raymond High School after he was badly burned while helping a neighbor clear brush. A gas can caught fire and exploded, burning Doyle over half his body and injuring his lungs.

"He's a fighter -- really strong," said Caleb's mother, Chrisy. "I know he's going to pull through. You take it on a day-to-day basis, then it's an hour-to-hour basis."

Caleb is now recovering in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, some 125 miles from his home in Raymond.

While her son receives treatment in Seattle, Chrissy said the Raymond community is doing everything it can to help.

"The strength that we draw from their support and their prayers is more than anybody," she said. "You're never going to be able to explain it in words."

The entire high school turned out on Monday for a special rally for Caleb. His brother, Jacob, was moved by the outpouring of kindness.

"They've just given us so much support over the last couple of days and I can't stress how much it means," Jabob said.

Caleb's fellow students are stunned by what happened, but have faith that he will recover.

"I know how tough he is, so I really believe in him," said student Kourtney Foulks.