9 Family Members Die in Kentucky Fire

Chad and Nikki Watson lived in Muhlenberg County with their nine children. Early Thursday morning around 2 a.m., eight of the children and the mother died after a fire tore through the structure. Only the father, 36-year-old Chad Watson and an 11-year-old daughter, Kylie Watson, survived.

The house only had three bedrooms and Kentucky State Police Trooper Stu Recke said 35-year-old “Nikki” Watson and her children were found in the master bedroom of the home. There was no smoke detector and the fire started when something flammable made contact with a baseboard heater.

The funeral for the family is tomorrow and the father and the surviving daughter remain in the hospital, unable to attend.

The little girl who survived is well enough that she requested the color of the flowers for the caskets.

Help from Strangers

The Band Perry has stepped in to help with expenses to bury a mother and eight children who were killed in a house fire in Greenville, Kentucky. The country trio’s (2 brothers and a sister) representatives contacted the Watson family and offered to take care of all the expenses. The group also offered to pay hotel expenses for family members staying near the medical center where the two are being treated, she said.

There is no connection between the band and the family. They just offered to help out of the goodness of their hearts.

If You Want To Help

The Calvary Baptist Church has set up a fund in Greenville at the Old National Bank. If you have any questions about that, or are interested in donating, you can call them at (270) 338-1000. Church officials say another memorial fund has now been set up to help support the Watson Family. This one, also called the Watson Family Fund, is at First Kentucky Bank in Central City. They’re located at 109 North Second St., and can be reached at (270) 754-1331.




  1. Thank you for posting this. A lot of people are still stunned. I hadn’t heard about the Band Perry stepping in but that is very cool.

  2. teresak 10 Feb, 2014

    Thank you LuAnn!