UPDATED: KSP Releases Names of Victims and Cause of Fire in Muhlenberg County

By: Brandon Miles Email
By: Brandon Miles Email

The victims include:
35-year-old Mother Larae Watson
15-year-old Madison Watson
14-year-old Kaitlyn Watson
13-year-old Morgan Watson
9-year-old Emily Watson
8-year-old Samuel Watson
6-year-old Raegan Watson
4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson

UPDATED 3:20 PM -- KSP now confirms that the fire was caused by an electrical baseboard heater.


DEPOY, Ky. (WBKO) -- KSP Trooper Stu Recke confirmed in an afternoon press briefing that the remains of all 9 victims have been recovered. Among the victims were 8 children and their mother.

35-year-old Mother Larae Watson
15-year-old Madison Watson
14-year-old Kaitlyn Watson
13-year-old Morgan Watson
9-year-old Emily Watson
8-year-old Samuel Watson
6-year-old Raegan Watson
4-year-old twins Mark and Nathaniel Watson

The surviving father, 36-year-old Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter Kylie were life-flighted to Vanderbilt early this morning. Both are expected to recover. Chad is said to be in critical-but-stable condition, while Kylie is said to be in stable condition.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated, but authorities remain confident that no foul play was involved.

Recke could not comment on the presence of fire detectors, the origin of the fire, exactly what prevented the victims from escaping, or whether the mother was pregnant.


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