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Friday 18 April 2014

Father and daughter (11) only survivors in family home blaze

Yellow safety tape marks the scene as Kentucky State Fire investigators examine the scene of early morning house fire in Depoy, Ky. Thursday Jan. 30, 2014. As many as nine people were killed early Thursday in a house fire in rural western Kentucky and two people were taken to a hospital for treatment, officials said. Eleven people lived in the home in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County, Greenville Assistant Fire Chief Roger Chandler said.  (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Eleven people lived in the home in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County, Greenville

Nine people have been killed in a house fire in western Kentucky, state police said.

Trooper Stu Recke said a father and daughter who survived the blaze are in hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. He did not know their conditions.

A relative said a couple in their 30s lived in the house with their nine children.

Trooper Recke said the adult who fled the fire about 2am local time in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County told first responders that most of the family were still inside the house.

Investigators were working to determine the cause of the blaze.

Trooper Recke said eight bodies were found in a master bedroom while the ninth was found between 10ft and 15ft away.

He identified the dead as 35-year-old LaRae "Nikki" Watson, and her children, Madison, 15, Kaitlyn, 14, Morgan, 13, Emily, nine, Samuel, eight, Raegan, six, and four-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel.

Troooper Recke said the father, 36-year-old Chad Watson, and 11-year-old daughter Kylie, were at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville. Mr Watson is in a critical but stable condition and Kylie is stable.

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