BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) – Quakertown’s sports community gathered Wednesday night to pay tribute to a beloved coach and his two sons, who died in a house fire Christmas morning. The Quakertown Youth Baseball Association organized the guard.
Firefighters were called to the scene on the first block of Essex Court around 1:30 a.m. Christmas morning. Eric King died along with 11-year-old Liam and Patrick, 8. Eric’s wife and second son were rushed to hospital for injuries and smoke inhalation.
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Friends and relatives remembered the coach and his sons, who also played on the baseball teams.
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“My brother Eric had a heart of gold, a smile that lit up the darkest room, and a hug that you felt in your soul,” Sarah Thiel told the audience.
Friend Steve Lambing said: “Eric loved his family and was proud of his boys. You have three of the best angels you could ask to watch over you.”
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The Quakertown district helped make the guard possible. The house fire was judged randomly.