CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Officials say the blaze at the Watson family home started right at 2a.m. Thursday, and only two members of the family were able to escape. They say eight of the bodies were found together in the master bedroom. The victims are: the mother, 35-year-old Larae Watson, and the children, 15-year-old Madison, 14-year-old Kaitlyn, 13-year-old Morgan, 9-year-old Emily, 8-year-old Samuel, 6-year-old Raegan, and 4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson.
The father, Chad, and 11-year-old daughter, Kylie, were each taken to Vanderbilt Hospital. Chad is in critical but stable condition, while Kylie is listed in stable condition.
This tragic fire took place in a very small, tight-knit community, and as we discovered, there is no shortage of people ready to step in and support this family, and none more so than those at the Calvary Baptist Church where they attended in Central City, and where the father, Chad Watson, had just preached days before.
"I watched Chad grow up in this church as a little red headed boy," said Calvary Baptist deacon and treaturer Jimmy Rager.
"He became a pastor, and he actually was in between churches and came back to this church which is his home church, and of course we welcomed the family with open arms, and they've been a major blessing to this church," said Calavary Baptist Pastor Timothy Burden.
Their presence can still be seen here in the drawings they've created of their family, and it was just this week Rager says Chad watson preached here.
"Ironically the title of his study course is family and marriage, and that is so fitting and touching at this time," said Rager.
Burton visited Chad and his 11-year-old daughter, Kylie, in the hosptial, where they're expected to make a full recovery, and in the meantime will hold a vigil Friday at 7p.m. at the church at 605 Sringtown Rd. in Central City to pray for their physical and emotional healing.
"We know that we will experience things like this usually it's at a distance, but here it's close. The folks here at Calvary Baptist Church will pull together, we'll love each other and we'll grow closer to each other, and also to the remaining survivors," said Burden.
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.