Kentucky Fire at Greenville Home Leaves Nine Dead, Including Eight Children (VIDEO)
By Maxine Wally | Jan 30, 2014 03:27 PM EST
A house fire in western Kentucky left nine people dead, including eight children, on Thursday morning.
According to a report from FOX's affiliate television news channel in Greenville, 11 people lived inside the home.
Kentucky State Police trooper Stuart Recke told News Channel 5 that one adult and one child made it out of the one-story house alive.
The remains of eight people were discovered in one of the main bedrooms, News Channel 5 reported. A ninth lay about 10 feet away.
The deceased have been identified as LaRae "Nikki" Watson, 35, Madison Watson, 15, Kaitlyn Watson, 14, Morgan Watson, 13, Emily Watson, 9, Samuel Watson, 8, 6-year-old Raegan Watson, and twin brothers Mark and Nathaniel Watson, 4.
The father of the family, 36-year-old Chad Watson, and Kylie Watson, 11, survived the blaze. Once rescue teams and law enforcement officials arrived at the scene of the fire, the two were rushed to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn. Chad Watson was in critical condition at first, but is now said to be stable.
Kylie Watson is also in stable condition, according to News Channel 5.
Fire officials first heard word of the fire at about 2 a.m. By the time they got to the home, it had already been swallowed up in a mountain of flames.
The cause of the blaze is still unknown at this point, but Kentucky State Police reported they'd opened an investigation into the event.
The town of Greenville, which has a population of about 5,000, was stricken with grief over the deaths.
"I'm just heartbroken," owner of local restaurant Smoking Tobys Charlene Lovell told News Channel 5.