Home fire on Christmas morning leaves father and two children dead, wife and eldest child injured
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A father and two of his sons have died after a fire ravaged their home on Christmas morning.
Authorities say the fire broke out at the King’s family home at 1:22 a.m. Saturday in Quakertown, Pa., And killed Eric King and his two young sons, Liam and Patrick, according to Fox 29 Philadelphia.
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Eric King’s wife Kristin and the couple’s eldest son Brady were able to escape the flames while the rest of the family were trapped inside. The two surviving family members were treated for smoke inhalation in hospital.
The two family dogs were also killed in the fire.
The fire had already ravaged the house when firefighters arrived, and the flames were not brought out until 2:34 a.m.
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The fire started in the area near the Christmas tree and its lighting, according to NBC 10 Philadelphia but authorities say the official case investigation is ongoing.
“This news is devastating for the district community and the Quakertown area in general,” the local school district said in a statement. “Eric and Kristin are very active in the community and the kind of people who make it a special place to live and attend school. The school district sends its sincere condolences to the King family and their many friends and relatives.”
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A GoFundMe page was created to help surviving family members, and it raised over $ 200,000 in just 10 hours after setting a target donation goal of $ 20,000.
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