A community is in mourning today after tragedy struck a Kentucky home, taking the lives of a mother and eight of her children. Authorities say an electric baseboard heater lead to a house fire in the Muhlenberg county home in the middle of the night. The family members who were killed have been identified as 35-year-old mom Larae Watson and her children: Madison, 15; Kaitlyn, 14; Morgan, 13; Emily, 9; Samuel, 8; Raegan, 6; Mark, 4 and Nathaniel, 4. Absolutely devastating.
The children's father, Chad Watson, and another child, 11-year-old Kylie, did manage to escape the fire and were flown to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville about 120 miles away for treatment, authorities stated. A Vanderbilt Medical Center spokeswoman stated that the two survivors were both in critical but stable condition.