Cause of fire that killed 9, injured 2 determined; victims identified

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by Associated Press / WHAS11

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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 7:15 AM

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 GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A fire official says authorities say 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, a mother and a father with their nine children, in Muhlenberg County. The father and a daughter were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., for treatment.  The father, identified as Chad Watson, is in critical, but stable, condition.  The daughter, Kylie Watson, 11, is also in stable condition.

  All nine bodies have been found. The bodies belonged to the mother, Larae Watson and her children: Madison, 15, Kenzie, 14, Morgan, 13, Emily, 9, Samuel, 8, Regan, 6, and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel.

   Greenville is in a rural area of the state, about 130 miles southwest of Louisville. Census figures show Greenville had a population of just more than 4,000 people in 2010.

   Fire investigators say an electric base board heater ignited combustibles in a bedroom.  Everyone fled to the master bedroom, but could not get out of the house.  

Old National Bank released the following statement:

Calvary Baptist Church of Central City, Ky. has partnered with Old National Bank to establish a benefit account for the members of the Watson family who were tragic victims of a house fire early this morning.  Donations may be made for the Watson family at any Old National Bank location.  The account name is Calvary Baptist Church--Watson Family Fund.  Old National is going to start the Watson account with a $2,500 donation and encourages other businesses to also consider making a donation.

 

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