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Deadly home fire: Christmas tree catches fire, burns home, kills father, 2 sons in Pennsylvania, officials say

QUAKERTOWN, Pennsylvania — A Christmas morning house fire in Bucks County, Pennsylvania claimed the lives of a father and his two children, officials said.

Quakertown Sheriff Scott McElree said early signs the fire started in the family’s Christmas tree.

McElree said: “Three family members died as a result of the fire. “We are looking at the Christmas tree that may have caught on fire due to the Christmas lights on that Christmas tree.”

Investigators say the fire claimed the lives of Eric King, 40, his sons Liam, 11, and Patrick, 8, and their two dogs.

Eric’s wife Kristin and their eldest son Brady managed to get out before the fire consumed their entire home, officials said. They were referred to Lehigh Valley Hospital for further evaluation.

“I share with you this Christmas with unbearable sadness, the tragic news that the King family, in a house fire earlier today, lost their father and two children, Richland Elementary School students Liam, a 5th grader, and Patrick. , a 3rd grader. Mom and Brady, an 8th grader at Strayer Middle School, lucky to be alive, “Community School District.” Quakertown copper Superintendent Bill Harner said in a letter to the community on Saturday night.

The incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday inside a two-story home located on Essex Courthouse.

When the fire brigade arrived, officials said they quickly worked to put out the massive blaze that erupted from the house.

At one point, firefighters were able to get inside the house but were pushed out by the fierce flames.

Officials said firefighters tried several times to rescue victims trapped inside the house, but were unable to arrive in time.

“I couldn’t see anyone, so I thought they got everyone out, but it’s sad to realize that not everyone was saved,” said neighbor Wilson Martinez, who went to school with his eldest son. said.

The impact of the fire spread to the neighboring house was also burned. Officials said a family of four in that home was able to get out unharmed.

The local fire department and the Pennsylvania State Fire Department were also called in to assist with the investigation.

The fire was brought under control around 2:30 a.m., but the damage it caused was unimaginable and irreparable.

Members of the Quakertown community have come up with a GoFundMe . Page to help the King family. As of Sunday morning, it had raised more than $387,000. The goal is $20,000.

“This news is devastating to the school district community and the Quakertown area at large. Eric and Kristin and their sons are very active in our community. The district sends its sincerest condolences to the family. King and their many friends and loved ones. Please keep them in your prayers,” Harner said.

Harner said the district will host a series of supports for students, parents and staff starting Sunday.

“We are truly blessed to be part of a wonderful community, rich in faith, hope and love. This is certainly a day to remember these blessings and a time to bond,” said Harner. stick with the people we love.”

Another Christmas morning fire claimed the lives of two people in Trenton, New Jersey. The identities of the victims have yet to be released and there is no word on the cause of the fire.

ONLINE: Read the full statement from Superintendent Bill Harner

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