Friday, January 31, 2014

Tragedy Hits Western Kentucky Town

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.

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.

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

The father and daughter who survived the fire and are at a hospital in Nashville, Tennessee

They have been identified as 36 year-old Chad Watson and 11 year-old Kylie Watson. Hospital officials say the two are critical but stable.

The victims are indentifed as:

Nikki Watson, age 35
Madison Watson, age 15
Kaitlyn Watson, age 14
Morgan Watson, age 13
Emily Watson, age 9
Samuel Watson, age 8
Raegan Watson, age 6
Mark & Nathaniel Watson, 4 year-old twins