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UPDATE: Father Who Survived Fire that Killed Family Speaks to Crowd

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/24/14 @ 1:20 p.m.
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky man who lost his wife and eight children in a blaze last month says his faith in God is still strong.

Chad Watson made some of his first public comments since the fire on Jan. 30 killed his wife, La Rae "Nikki" Watson, and eight of their children. Officials have said some type of combustible material fell against a baseboard heater in a bedroom. One child, 11-year-old Kylie Watson, survived.

The father and daughter were hospitalized in Nashville, but returned home on Feb. 16.

Media reported that Chad Watson told a crowd in Greenville who gathered Sunday for a Celebration of Life service that he wants people to remember how his family lived, not how they died.

He says they lived with a devout faith in Jesus Christ.



UPDATE 1/31/14 @ 7 a.m.
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Chad and Nikki Watson moved around western Kentucky over the years before returning to Muhlenberg County - the coal-laden ground where they both grew up - to raise their nine children in a home owned by a relative.

Eight of those children and their mother died in that house early Thursday morning after a blaze tore through the structure.

Only the father, 36-year-old Chad Watson and an 11-year-old daughter, Kylie Watson, survived.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Stu Recke says 35-year-old LaRae "Nikki" Watson and her children were found in the master bedroom of the home, part of which had collapsed during the blaze.

Recke says that could be an indication they were trying to escape through a window, but investigators aren't sure.



UPDATE 1/30/14 5 p.m. .
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say a fire that killed 9 people started accidentally with combustible material against an electric baseboard heater in a bedroom.

Trooper Stu Recke said the fact that all the victims were found in a master bedroom could be an indication that they were trying to escape through a window, but investigators aren't sure.

Autopsies on the remains of the family members were started Thursday afternoon.

Eight children and their mother died in the fire in Greenville in the western part of the state, while the father and an 11-year-old girl escaped with injuries.



UPDATE 1/30/14 @1:45 p.m.
GREENVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ/WKYT) - Nine members of one family have been killed in a house fire in Greenville, Ky.

The fire broke out around 2:00 a.m. Thursday morning. We're told a mother and eight children did not make it out of the home.

The Muhlenberg County Coroner says they have recovered six bodies from the home. They are still searching for three.

The father, Chad Watson, 36, and Kylie Watson,11, made it out of the house. They are now at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The hospital says they're in serious but stable condition.

We're told the woman who died was 35 years-old. The children range in age from 4-15.

Kentucky State Police and the State Fire Marshal's Office are investigating the cause of the fire.

The bodies will be transported from the scene to Madisonville, where they will undergo an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

The coroner expects to have those results later today.

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UPDATE 1/30/14 @ 11:10 a.m.
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky State Police trooper has confirmed that nine people are assumed dead in a blaze at a home in western Kentucky and two others were injured.

Trooper Stu Recke says an adult and child escaped the blaze about 2 a.m. CST Thursday in the Depoy community in Muhlenberg County. Recke says all 11 people inside the house were members of the same family.

Recke didn't have names or exact ages but says the children ranged from teenagers to a toddler.

Recke says the adult told first responders that the rest of the family remained inside the house.

Trooper Paul Blanton says the remains of six people were recovered by mid-morning and investigators were combing the house for others as well working to determine the cause of the fire.



ORIGINAL STORY 1/30/14 @ 7:37 a.m.
GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A fire official says authorities believe as many as nine people have been killed in a house fire in western Kentucky.

Greenville Assistant Fire Chief Roger Chandler says 11 people lived at the home in Muhlenberg County, and two were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., for treatment.

Chandler said the blaze was reported at 2 a.m. CST Thursday, and crews were still at the scene four hours later.

Greenville is about 130 miles southwest of Louisville.

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