Vigil Held for Muhlenberg County Fire Victims

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CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WBKO) -- Muhlenberg County mourns tonight after a fatal house fire claimed nine of their own yesterday. Calvary Baptist Church in Central City held a candlelight vigil tonight.

The vigil at Calvary Baptist church tonight was about remembering those members of the Watson family who were lost yesterday, and for some, those memories aren't so distant. It was the the same alter where eleven candles burned during tonight's vigil that pastor Timothy Burden says Chad Watson had come to pray for the pastor just this past Sunday.

"Chad began to pray that God would give me strength and put a hedge of protection around me and my family. It was such a precious moment. When he got down with his prayer, he went back to his seat and set down," said Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Timothy Burden.

That's a prayer burden says he did not know he would need until yesterday, but now he believes it was meant to be.

"I've thought many times about that prayer that he prayed, and remembering.... trying to remember every word that he said to me that day, because I just believe that God was preparing him and myself as we've never... never tread before," said Burden.

Burden's wife Pam, secretary at the church, says Chad and his daughter will need that strength, and ask the community to help provide some of it for them.

"I personally would like to see a college fund set up for Kylie one day, so that won't be a worry and a struggle for dad. It's an awful way to get it, but Lord knows she needs to have something to look forward to in her life," said Calvary Baptist Church secretary Pam Burden.

Burden says she's already seen so much kindness and giving. She says just today a woman drove at least 50 miles to hand her a $500 check for two people she'd never even met.

We spoke with family members this evening, who say Chad remains in critical condition, and is making very slow improvements and 11-year-old Kylie is stable, and continuing to improve. The state medical examiner's office says the nine victims died of smoke inhalation.

For more information on the vigil, and some of the funds set up to support the family, see the related link.

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