A mother and eight of her children died in a house fire in Greenville, Kentucky early Thursday morning, and a country music group has offered to pay for the funeral services.
The Tennessee trio The Band Perry announced their wish to cover the costs on the Watson Family Fundraiser Facebook page.
The fire broke out around 2 a.m. at the home of Chad and LaRae “Nikki” Watson. The couple lived in the home with their nine children, ages four to 15.
All nine bodies, including 35-year-old LaRae, 15-year-old Madison Watson, 14-year-old Kaitlyn Watson, 13-year-old Morgan Watson, nine-year-old Emily Watson, eight-year-old Samuel Watson, six-year-old Raegan Watson and four-year-old twins, Mark and Nathaniel Watson, were recovered from the home.
Greenville is located in Muhlenberg County about 90 miles northwest of Nashville. The family's home is a total loss.
A vigil was held on Friday evening to honor the family.
The father, 36, and one child, Kylie Watson, 11, were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with severe burns. They are both in critical but stable condition as of Saturday.
The group, comprised of two brothers, Reid and Neil, and their sister Kimberly, are from Greeneville, Tennessee.
- Jan. 30, 2013: Mother, 8 children die in Kentucky house fire