The Band Perry Offers To Pay Watson Family's Funeral Costs

The Band Perry Offers To Pay Watson Family's Funeral Costs

CREATED Feb 1, 2014

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. – Members of the Country Music trio, The Band Perry, have offered to pay the funeral costs for a Kentucky family who lost nine family members in a house fire.

WKYT in Lexington reported that Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Tim Burden told the CBS affiliate the band offered to pay for the funerals of all nine family members, including eight children and their mother.

Officials said 35-year-old Nikki Watson and her children 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, and 4-year-old twin brothers Mark and Nathaniel Watson were all killed in a house fire early Thursday morning.

The only members of the Watson family who survived were their father Chad and middle sister, 11-year-old Kylie.

A vigil was held Friday night in Central, Kentucky to remember the nine family members lost in the fire. A family member told the crowd that Chad had severe burns over most of his body, including his face and hands. He's listed in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Hospital.

Family members said 11-year-old Kylie, who also survived, was awake for part of the day Friday and managed to write down on a white boar "Are me and my dad the only ones who made it?"

Officials in Muhlenberg County believe all nine of the Watson family members who died were killed by smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental after officials said some type of material brushed up against an electric baseboard heater.

A fund has also been setup for the family at three area banks: First Kentucky Bank, Old National and Commonwealth Community Bank.