US dad and sons killed in fire that likely started from family’s Christmas tree

A Pennsylvania man and his two young sons were killed early on Saturday morning in a fire at their home. Authorities believe it started from their Christmas tree.

Eric King, 41, his children Liam, 11, and Patrick, 8, along with the family’s two dogs died in the blaze, fire marshal Doug Wilhelm said on Sunday, the Bucks County Courier Times reports.

King’s wife Kristin and their eldest son, Brady, 13, escaped and underwent treatment at a local hospital.

Mr Wilhelm said that the fire began around 1.30am on Christmas morning.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that the fire started from the family’s Christmas tree, which was in the centre of a front window in the living room.

“We will be continuing to investigate to find out why it ignited, but the evidence is very clear that it started in the Christmas tree,” said Quakertown Police Chief Scott McElree. “It was such a hot fire that most of the content where it started is burnt.”

“A Christmas tree burns very quickly and very hot,” Mr McElree added. “When trees go dry, its a violent and robust source. There is an immense amount of heat, and that probably contributed.”