house fire http://wkyufm.org en Don't Forget to Spring Ahead This Weekend http://wkyufm.org/post/dont-forget-spring-ahead-weekend <p>State fire marshal offices are reminding residents to inspect their smoke alarms, especially the batteries, when they turn their clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Tennessee Commissioner Julie McPeak says people should change their batteries in their smoke alarms just to be on the safe side.</p><p>She also urges everyone to consider the age of their smoke alarms. McPeak says alarms, even those that are hard wired, should have their batteries replaced regularly and should be tested monthly to ensure they are providing the proper protection. Any smoke alarm that is ten years old or older should be replaced entirely.</p><p>Statistics show nearly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or with ones that aren't in proper working order. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:17:45 +0000 Associated Press 44739 at http://wkyufm.org Don't Forget to Spring Ahead This Weekend Muhlenberg County Father Speaks About Fire that Killed his Wife, Children http://wkyufm.org/post/muhlenberg-county-father-speaks-about-fire-killed-his-wife-children <p>For the first time since a house fire killed his wife and eight of his nine children, Chad Watson shared his story Sunday, just days after leaving the hospital and returning home to Muhlenberg County.&nbsp;</p><p>A packed auditorium at Muhlenberg County High School sang worship songs and joined in prayer, but when Chad Watson took the stage, you could hear the proverbial pin drop.&nbsp;</p><p>With his burned hands still bandaged, Watson said as the father of nine healthy and vibrant children, he considered himself the most blessed man on earth.</p><p>"That night as Kylie and I waited for an ambulance to come, all I could think of was 'It's being taken away,' and the only one who can stop it is allowing it to happen," Watson said passionately.</p><p>He choked back tears, but otherwise the preacher by trade was right at home as he read scripture and spoke of his unwavering faith in God in the most trying time.</p><p>“He is the one, no matter what happens, no matter what we think He should have done, no matter what we think He could have done, no matter what we think of His plan, He is the only one that has any true comfort to offer," Watson told the audience. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 01:14:25 +0000 Lisa Autry 44238 at http://wkyufm.org Muhlenberg County Father Speaks About Fire that Killed his Wife, Children Father and Daughter Who Survived Muhlenburg County House Fire Return Home http://wkyufm.org/post/father-and-daughter-who-survived-muhlenburg-county-house-fire-return-home <p></p><p>A father and daughter who were injured in a tragic house fire that killed nine other family members returned home Saturday to a community parade.</p><p>Chad and 11 year old Kylie Watson arrived in Greenville to signs, balloons and cheers from well-wishers. The parade ended at Calvary Baptist Church in Central City, where there was a celebration for their return.</p><p>Kylie and her father were injured on January 30 when some type of combustible material fell against a baseboard heater in a bedroom. the blaze killed La Rae "Nikki" Watson and eight of her children aged 4 to 15. Mon, 17 Feb 2014 12:16:28 +0000 Associated Press 43929 at http://wkyufm.org Father and Daughter Who Survived Muhlenburg County House Fire Return Home Western Kentucky Community Remembers Family Killed in Fire http://wkyufm.org/post/western-kentucky-community-remembers-family-killed-fire <p></p><p></p><p>Several hundred mourners filed into Muhlenberg County High School Saturday to remember a mother and her eight children who died in a house fire.&nbsp;</p><p>Among them was Charlotte Groves, who had a firsthand account of the tragedy.</p><p>“I lived next door to them, I’m the one who called 911,” she said.</p><p>Charlotte Groves was awakened in the middle of the night on January 30 to screams coming from her neighbor’s home engulfed in flames.&nbsp; Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie escaped the burning home, but his wife Larae and his eight other children did not.</p><p>“He kept it together for his daughter.&nbsp; He kept saying 'God is a good God, they're in a better place.'&nbsp; He was remarkable,” said Groves.&nbsp; “He tried to go back in there three times but he told us the fire was so hot every time he tried, he got burnt.”</p><p>Inside Muhlenberg County High School, nine closed white caskets were lined up on the stage of a packed auditorium.&nbsp; Propped up on easels behind the caskets were large pictures of each family member: 36-year-old LaRae Watson, and her children, 15-year-old Madison; 14-year-old Kaitlyn; 13-year old Morgan; 9-year old Emily; 8-year-old Samuel; 6-year-old Raegan; and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel.</p><p>“In the 27 years I’ve been in the ministry, I’ve never had anything that has devastated me and touched me anymore than this,” said Tim Burden. Sun, 09 Feb 2014 03:25:03 +0000 Lisa Autry 43574 at http://wkyufm.org Western Kentucky Community Remembers Family Killed in Fire Muhlenberg County House Fire Claims the Lives of Nine Family Members, Including Eight Children http://wkyufm.org/post/muhlenberg-county-house-fire-claims-lives-nine-family-members-including-eight-children <p></p><p>Nine family members are dead and a community is in shock following a Thursday morning house fire in Muhlenberg County.</p><p>Investigators with the state fire marshal's office and Kentucky State Police say the fire was accidental and caused by combustible materials coming into contact with an electric baseboard heater. The fire at the home in Depoy was first reported shortly after&nbsp; 2 a.m.</p><p>The blaze took the lives of 36-year-old mother LaRae Watson, and eight of her children: 15-year-old Madison; 14-year-old Kaitlyn; 13-year old Morgan; 9-year old Emily; 8-year-old Samuel; 6-year-old Reagan; and 4-year-old twin brothers Mark and Nathaniel.</p><p>“Eight of the victims were located together in a room close to the front of the house," Kentucky State Police spokesman Stu Recke told reporters. "The other victim—the ninth victim—was located approximately ten to 15 feet away from them.”</p><p>Two family members survived the fire and were transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The father—36-year-old Chad Watson—was listed in critical but stable condition. His daughter—11-year-old Kylie Watson—was listed in stable condition. Thu, 30 Jan 2014 22:30:58 +0000 Lisa Autry 43119 at http://wkyufm.org Muhlenberg County House Fire Claims the Lives of Nine Family Members, Including Eight Children