Dad, sons and family dogs killed in fire sparked by home Christmas tree lights

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A dad, his two sons and their two dogs were killed in a fire caused by home Christmas tree lights.

Eric King, 41, along with his two sons, Liam, 11 and Patrick, 8, died when the blaze ripped through their home in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, USA, in the early hours of Christmas morning.

Two dogs were also reportedly killed, while the mother, Kristin, and the family’s eldest son, Brady, survived.

Quakertown Police Chief, Scott McElree, told the Bucks County Courier Times: “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 fire destroyed the Kings’ home as well as the neighbouring house attached to it, with the family next door reportedly able to escape unharmed.

More than $380,000 (£280,000) has been donated to the family in a GoFundMe fundraiser in just one day.

Organiser, Kristin Randazzo, wrote: “Eric and Kristin were high school sweethearts and the happiest people you will have ever met.

“They were always smiling and full of positive spirits, you just couldn’t help but to love them.

“The three boys, Eric and Kristin were all a huge part of the Quakertown Youth Baseball Association and spent their days and nights at the baseball fields.”

In a Facebook statement, the Quakertown school district said the Kings are “the kind of people who make this a special place to live and attend school”.

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“It’s horrendous,” Chief McElree said.

“This impacts us all. This impacts our community, our families in general, the kids in the schools and the people who know the King family.

"We’re partners in this and we and the school district will do what we can to support everyone.”

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