Mother, 8 kids killed in Ky. house fire

DEPOY, Ky. — Nine people were killed and two were seriously injured early Thursday in a house fire in Muhlenberg County, a Greenville Fire Department dispatcher said.

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 for treatment.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. on Motes Lane in Depoy, about 3.5 miles west of Greenville, Ky., the dispatcher said. Firefighters from three area departments responded to the scene, said Stu Recke, spokesman for the Kentucky State Police.

Recke said a family and their nine children lived in the home. The mother, Larae Watson, 35, and eight of her children — Madison, 15, Kaitlyn, 14, Morgan, 13, Emily, 9, Samuel, 8, Raegan, 7 and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel — died in the blaze.

The children's father, Chad, 36, and a sister, Kylie, 11, were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. The father was taken to the main emergency room, while Kylie was taken to Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital, which is on the same campus.

He is listed in critical but stable condition. Kylie is listed in stable condition.

Police said eight of the victims were found together in the master bedroom near the front of the house. The ninth victim was found about 10 feet away.

The father and the surviving daughter were outside the home when firefighters arrived, Recke said.

Kentucky State Police investigators and the State Fire Marshals' Office have ruled this fire accidental and said an electric baseboard heater located in a bedroom ignited some nearby combustibles.

Police do not have any information about smoke detectors in the home.

Greenville is about 130 miles southwest of Louisville.

Contributing: Associated Press


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