Christmas Tree Fire Kills Father and His Two Sons

by Amanda Glover

A father and his two sons perished yesterday after a Christmas tree fire erupted in their Pennsylvania home.

Christmas is meant to be the most wonderful day of the year. The holiday is a time of giving and being thankful for everything you have. Although Christmas is a joyous time of the year, it becomes a time to be reminded of everything they don’t have. For the King family, it’s a reminder of the tragic loss of Eric, Liam, and Patrick King.

Today, we find out a Pennsylvania family was recently killed in a Christmas tree fire. Eric King, 41, and children Liam, 11, and Patrick, 8, passed away after the fire erupted through their home in Quakertown. Two family dogs passed away in the fire as well. King’s wife, Kristin, and their oldest son managed to escape the flames. The fire took out the family’s home as well as the house attached to it. Thankfully, the family that lived there survived unharmed.

“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.” Quakertown Police Chief Scott McElree told the New York Post.

“It’s horrendous. 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.”

The surviving family members were gifted over $350,000 in donations less than a day after the tragedy. Though no amount of money can make up for the loss of Eric, Liam, and Patrick, it’s a kind gesture.

Friends and Family Share Love for Family After Christmas Tree Fire

Those closest to the family gather to share their love and condolences.

“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 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,” organizer Kristin Randazzo stated.

The family was very active in their town’s youth baseball program, which their son’s participated in. They made the town a pleasant place to co go school and to live.

We give our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the Kings.

Christmas tree safety is an important topic this time of year. The traditional Christmas tree accounts for hundreds of fires a year. Though popular, live trees cause the most fires around the holiday season. The best we can do to prevent Christmas tree fires is to refrain from neglecting the tree. Keep your tree watered, and keep an eye out for how long the lights stay on.