Sunday 21 December 2014

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

Published 30/01/2014 | 20:44

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
Kentucky State Police fire investigators attend the scene of an early morning fire at a home where nine people were killed in Greenville, Kentucky
Children's bicycles are seen outside a fire gutted home where nine people were killed in Greenville, Kentucky
Kentucky State Fire investigators work at the scene of early morning house fire
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
Kentucky State Police fire investigators attend the scene of an early morning fire at a home where nine people were killed in Greenville, Kentucky
Eleven people lived in the home in the Depoy community of Muhlenberg County, Greenville
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
State police are investigating the cause of a house fire in rural western Kentucky that killed nine people early on Thursday and left two others in critical condition
Children's bicycles are seen outside a fire gutted home where nine people were killed in Greenville, Kentucky January 30, 2014. State police are investigating the cause of a house fire in rural western Kentucky that killed nine people early on Thursday and left two others in critical condition, local officials said. REUTERS/Mike Lawrence/The Gleaner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER) NO COMMERCIAL OR BOOK SALES. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT
State police are investigating the cause of a house fire in rural western Kentucky that killed nine people early on Thursday

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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