By Sahar Akbarzai, CNN
A father and his two school-age sons died on Christmas Day when their house caught fire, possibly due to a combination of electrical problems and a dry Christmas tree, according to Police Rescue. Doug Wilhelm Fire, Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
“The region of origin is a Christmas tree, so we’re not sure if it’s the electricity or the old Christmas tree withering,” Wilhelm told CNN on Saturday.
“We share with you this Christmas morning with unbearable sadness, the tragic news that the King family, in a house fire earlier today, lost their father. [Eric] and two Richland Elementary School students,” the Quakertown Community School District shared in one Facebook post Saturday.
Police and firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1:22 a.m. Saturday, where all five family members were sleeping on the second floor of the house when the fire broke out, Wilhelm said. First responders tried several times to get into the house when they arrived but had difficulty getting in due to the size of the fire, fire police said.
Wilhelm told CNN: “It’s too dangerous to go inside at the front of the building with a fire. “The front door and front window were blocked, and the fire had spread to the entire house by that time. It was very difficult for the firefighters to get in safely. It takes a while.”
When firefighters entered the home, they discovered the bodies of Eric King, 41, and his two sons on the second floor of the two-and-a-half-story home, Wilhelm said. The mother and eldest son of the family escaped with minor burns, were treated for their injuries at Lehigh Valley Hospital, and later released, Wilhelm said.
The coroner’s office is expected to conduct autopsies of the three bodies by the end of next week, Bucks County coroner Meredith Bucks said.
Two family dogs also died in the fire.
ONE GoFundMe . Page created to support the King family has raised more than $200,000, far exceeding its original $20,000 goal as of Saturday afternoon.
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