A father and his two school-age sons died on Christmas Day when their house caught fire, likely due to a combination of electrical issues and a dry Christmas tree, according to Quakertown, Pennsylvania, Fire Marshal Doug Wilhelm.
“The area of origin was a Christmas tree, so we’re not sure if it’s because of electric or a dried up old Christmas tree,” Mr Wilhelm told CNN on Saturday.
“It is with unbearable sorrow that we share with you this Christmas morning the tragic news that the King family, in a house fire early today, lost their father [Eric] and two Richland Elementary School students,” the Quakertown Community School District shared in a Facebook post.
A father and his two school-age sons died on Christmas Day when their house caught fire.
A father and his two school-age sons died on Christmas Day when their house caught fire. (CNN)
Police and fire were dispatched at 1.22am Saturday to the home, where all five family members were asleep on the second floor of the home when the fire broke out, Mr Wilhelm said.
First responders made numerous attempts to get into the house but had a hard time getting in, due to the magnitude of the blaze, the fire marshal said.
“It was too dangerous to get inside on the front side of the building with the fire,” Mr Wilhelm told CNN.