Regional
1:16 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Two Who Survived Deadly Muhlenberg County House Fire Recuperating

A girl who escaped a house fire in Muhlenberg County that killed her mother and eight siblings is communicating with her hospital nurses.

Pastor Tim Burden said Friday that 11-year-old Kylie Watson has written "I'm hungry" on a dry erase board. Burden says Kylie's father, Chad Watson, is also making progress at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Eight of Chad Watson's children and his wife, Nikki, died in a house fire in Depoy early Thursday morning. Investigators say a combustible material made contact with a baseboard heater.

Burden, a close friend of the family and the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Central City, says the church is holding a candlelight vigil Friday evening.

The father and daughter were both listed in critical but stable condition Friday morning.

The state medical examiner late Friday said the nine people who perished in Thursday's fire died of smoke inhalation.