As per accounts, Eric King, 41, and his two boys, Patrick, 8, and Liam, 11, were killed in a fire that ripped through their Quakertown house early on December 25.
According to the Bucks County Courier Times, the fire erupted at 1:20 a.m. Kristin, Eric’s wife, was able to flee the family home with the couple’s oldest boy.
The reason for the fire, according to Quakertown Police Chief Scott McElree, was the family of five Christmas trees.
The evidence is pretty clear that it began in the Christmas tree, McElree explained. It was a genuine tree. A Christmas tree flames rapidly and hotly.
Kristin was able to flee with the couple’s eldest son, Brady. Unfortunately, Eric, his two boys, and the family’s pets were all killed in the fire.
A GoFundMe campaign was created to generate funds for the family’s surviving members. It had raised more than $600,000 at the time of writing.
According to the website- Eric and Kristin King’s home caught fire in the early hours of Christmas morning. Brady, their eldest child, and Kristin survived, but Eric, Liam, Patrick, and their two pets did not. The fire completely damaged their home.
Eric and Kristin were high school sweethearts who were the happiest individuals one would ever meet. One couldn’t help but love them since they were constantly smiling and full of wonderful energy. Eric and Kristin, the three lads, were all active members of the Quakertown Youth Baseball Association and spent their days and nights at the baseball grounds. This tragic death will have a massive effect on the Quakertown community. Please assist Brady and Kristin in feeling the love and support of the community as they cope with the aftermath of this awful accident.
However, the local school district issued a statement on Facebook regarding the incident, writing, dear Quakertown School District Community Families. They share with you this Christmas morning with sadness the devastating news that the King family lost their dad and two Richland Elementary School pupils, Liam, a fifth-grader, and Patrick, a third-grader, in a home fire early this morning. Fortunately, Mom and Brady, an eighth-grader at Strayer Middle School, survived.
This news is heartbreaking for the District community and the Quakertown neighborhood at large, the statement said. Eric, Kristin, and their sons are active members of the community, and they are the type of individuals that make this an unique place to live and go to school. The School District extends its sincere condolences to the King family, as well as their many friends and relatives. The administration is in the midst of establishing a help hotline.
Update: The GoFundMe page has been taken down. Dear Quakertown School District Community families. It is with…Posted by QCSD News on Saturday, 25 December 2021
Our hearts go out to this family’s loved ones. We can’t comprehend the feeling of loss they’re experiencing right now.
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Eric, Patrick, and Liam, may you rest in peace.