The incident took place at around 1:30 a.m. in a two-storey house at 11 Essex Court.
According to officials, when firefighters arrived, they quickly extinguished the raging flames coming from the house.
At one point, firefighters were able to go inside the house, but were repelled by raging flames.
Officials say firefighters made several attempts to rescue victims trapped inside the house before they failed.
Investigators say the fire in the house killed 40-year-old Eric King, their 11-year-old son Liam and 8-year-old Patrick, and their two dogs.
Wilson Martinez of Quakertown said, “I couldn’t see anyone, so I thought they got everyone out, but it was very sad. It was very sad to know that not everyone was saved.”
Eric’s wife Kristin and their eldest son Brady manage to escape before the fire destroys their entire house.
He was taken to Leh Valley Hospital for further evaluation.
Christmas morning devastation, heartbreak and tragedy. “Three family members have died as a result of the fire,” said Quakertown Police Chief Chief Scott McCleary.
McCleary says early signs are signs that the fire started in the family’s Christmas tree.
The effects of the fire spread to 9 Essex Court, which was also destroyed.
Luckily a family of four survived without injuries.
The fire was brought under control around 2:30 pm, but the damage it caused was already unimaginable and irreparable.
The local fire marshal and the Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal were also called in to assist with the investigation.
Members of the Quakertown community have stepped in to help the family recover by launching a GoFundMe page.
On Facebook, the Quakertown Community School District released a statement that read:
“Dear Quakertown School District Community Families. It is with unbearable sadness that we share with you the sad news this Christmas morning that the King family set a house on fire early this morning, with their father and two Richland Elementary School students, Lost to Liam, a fifth-grader, and Patrick, a third-grader.
Mom and Brady, eighth graders at Strayer Middle School, thankfully survived. The news is devastating for the district community and the Quakertown area at large.
Eric and Kristin are very active in the community and the kind of people make this a special place to be and attend the school.
The School District sends its heartfelt sympathies to the King family and their many friends and relatives.
The administration is in the process of setting up a support hotline.
Thank you, and please hug your family a little tighter today.”
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