Chad and Kylie Watson Making Immense Progress at Hospital

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By Kristin Martin | 

MUHLENBERG CO., Ky. (WBKO) -- Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie were the only ones in their family to make it out of the house fire that killed nine on January 30th.

Since then, the community has shown them widespread support.

"It's really sad, because it takes something like this to bring the community together, but when something like this happens, they really pull together to be there for the family," said Charlotte Groves, the neighbor who dialed 911 the night of the fire.

During the funeral service Saturday, Chad and Kylie were still in the Nashville hospital.

As their family members were laid to rest, they were making the most physical progress yet and saw each other for the first time since the night of the fire.

"They both shared a moment of tears and they rejoiced that they were able to see each other," said Adam Brown, Chad's first cousin.

Brown said Chad was able to walk to the children's hospital to watch the service via Skype with Kylie.

"Grief hit them in waves, but they had family around them here at the hospital to support them and be there for them," Brown said.

He said they're just hearing about everything the community has done for them.

"Today (Saturday) we sat down and began to talk about Jagoe Homes offering to build a home and the possibility of a memorial park being built in honor of his family -- talked about donations and money that's been given to the bank accounts," Brown said.

The support isn't stopping there.

"There's fundraisers still in the planning going on," said Karen Grace, who knew Nikki. "And there's a lot of people here who have volunteered to go help just do anything that needed to be done, but they will be well taken care of, I'm sure."

Brown said Chad is grateful, but doesn't want to be the only one to profit from the tragedy.

"He wants to use this money and the things that they've done to help others, and that's just the way he is. I've watched him two times today lead other people who are in the hospital in prayers," Brown explained.

They expect to leave the hospital within the next two weeks.

"He said, 'Brother, I've got to preach, not this Sunday, but next Sunday, I've got to tell people my story.'"

They'll stay with Chad's sister until their new home is built.

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