A man and his two sons have died after their Christmas tree caught fire in the early hours of Christmas morning.
Eric King and his two sons Liam, 11, and Patrick, 8, from Bucks County, in the US state of Pennsylvania, died on Christmas Day, according to the Quakertown School District.
Mr King’s wife and other son survived.
“This news is devastating for the District community and the Quakertown area at large. Eric, Kristin, and their boys are very active in the community, and the kind of people who make this a special place to live and attend school,” the district wrote on Facebook.
“The School District sends its heartfelt sympathy to the King family and their many friends and relatives. The Administration is in the process of setting up a hotline of supports.”
A GoFundMe page claims the King family home was also destroyed by the fire.
“Eric and Kristin were high school sweethearts and the happiest people you will have ever met,” the page reads.
“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.
“The Quakertown community will be deeply impacted by this great loss. Please help Brady and Kristin feel the love and support of the community as they deal with healing from this horrific tragedy.”
Quakertown Fire Marshall Doug Wilhelm told CNN the fire came from the tree but authorities are unsure if it was because the tree was dry or if it was the result of an electrical fault.
Two dogs also died in the fire.
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