Cardinal News Headline Videos — Sunday, December 26, 2021 — Fires Around Christmas Include Fatal House Fire in Quakerstown, Pennsylvania

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Eric King and two of his sons died in an early Christmas morning fire inside their Quakertown, Pennsylvania, home. His wife and their other child escaped the fire with injuries. NBC10’s Steven Fisher reports from a grieving Bucks County community. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Police and firefighters from Quakerstown responded about 1:30 a.m. Christmas morning, December 25, 2021 to a report of a duplex house fire in the 0-99 block of Essex Court in Quakerstown, Pennsylvania.

A 41-year-old father and his two boys, 11 and 8 years-old, were trapped by the fire inside the duplex house, and died. Their mother and oldest brother were able to escape, and survived.




The residents of the other unit in the duplex home, known as a ‘twin home,’ are a mother and her son. They were able evacuate, but suffered burns, and were transported by paramedics to a nearby hospital. At the hospital they were treated for burns and smoke inhalation.

According to Quakertown School District and gofundme information, Eric King, Liam King, Patrick King, and their two dogs died in the fire, but the oldest son, Brady, and mom, Kristin, were able to escaped.

King family from Quakerstown, Pennsylvania (gofundme)
King family from Quakerstown, Pennsylvania (gofundme).

Liam was a fifth-grader, and Patrick was a third-grader at Richland Elementary School. Brady is an eighth-grader at Strayer Middle School.

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Initially the cause of the fire was not officially confirmed, but Quakertown police chief Scott McElree said officials believe that Christmas lights on the family’s Christmas tree ignited, and caused the house fire. The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.

Christmas Day house fire kills father, two children, and two dogs in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. YouTube Tips ⓘ

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A man and two of his sons were killed in an early morning fire in Quakertown Christmas Day. YouTube Tips ⓘ

  TRENTON, NEW JERSEY  

Firefighters and police from Trenton, New Jersey responded about 3:40 a.m. December 25, 2021 to a fire that fully-involved six rowhomes in the block of 200 Rusling Street in Trenton, New Jersey (CBS Philly). YouTube Tips ⓘ




  FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS NEAR ST LOUIS  

Firefighters and police from Fairview Heights (near St. Louis) responded about 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 25, 2021 when the back side of a house caught fire on Clark Drive in Fairview Heights; fire spread to the front of the house. Crews from at least eight different fire agencies from around the area responded to battle the fire (CBS KMOV St. Louis). YouTube Tips ⓘ

  LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY  

Fern Creek Fire Department fire officials (near Louisville) said a fire started in a bedroom and extended into the attic of an apartment building in the block of 5000 Hames Trace, Louisville on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, 2021 (ABC WHAS11). YouTube Tips ⓘ

  YONKERS, NEW YORK  

Police and firefighters from Yonkers, New York responded about 11:00 p.m. December 25, 2021 to a fire in an apartment building on Elliott Avenue near Post Street in Yonkers (CBS New York). YouTube Tips ⓘ

Fire in a fully involved multiple dwelling on December 25, 2021 on Elliot Avenue in Yonkers, New York. YouTube Tips ⓘ

  LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA  

After Los Angeles firefighters responded about 12:51 a.m. Wednesday, December 22, 2021 to a fire in a vacant medical building in the block of 1000 South Main Street, a Los Angeles firefighter was injured while battling the extra alarm fire (ONSCENE TV). YouTube Tips ⓘ




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