Father and two boys were killed in a Christmas morning fire caused by tree lights

A father and two of his children perished in a fire on Christmas morning, leaving a family from a small village in Pennsylvania in unspeakable anguish.

Tragically, according to sources, a fire near Quakertown early on December 25 claimed the lives of 41-year-old Eric King and his two boys, Patrick, 8, and Liam, 11.

According to the Bucks County Courier Times, the fire broke out around 1:20 a.m. Kristin, Eric’s wife, and their eldest son were able to flee the house.

9-year-old boy approaches an unfamiliar police officer and discreetly hands over a note
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The Christmas tree for the family of five, according to Quakertown Police Chief Scott McElree, was the ignition source for the fire.

McElree said, “The evidence is very clear that it started in the Christmas tree. It was a real tree. A Christmas tree burns very quickly and very hot.”

The eldest child of the marriage, Brady, was able to accompany Kristin as they made their escape from the house. Sadly, though, the fire took the lives of Eric, his two boys, and the dogs that belonged to the family.

A GoFundMe website was established in order to collect monetary donations for the surviving members of the family. As this is being written, it has already raised more than $600,000.