Father, daughter injured in Muhlenberg fire return home Saturday

GREENVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - A father and daughter who survived a devastating house fire late last month that took the lives of 9 of their family members will be returning home Saturday.

Chad Watson and his daughter Kylie are out of the hospital. They spent the night in a Nashville hotel before hitting the road Saturday.

They will be brought into town with a police escort, and at Muhlenberg County High School West Campus, there will be hundreds of supporters wearing purple, Kylie's favorite color, to welcome them back.

The last time people in Muhlenberg County went to the high school, it was to bury nine of their own.

Tammy McGeehee is organizing the homecoming for her baby brother.

"We want Chad and Kylie to see these people have been praying for them and supporting them and feel that love in our community when they get home," said McGeehee.

Last month, a fire destroyed the Watson family home, killing Nikki Watson and eight of her children.

What the community has now is hope, as they prepare to welcome home Chad and Kylie -- the Watson Strong.

"We love each other and I think that's exactly what Watson Strong means, strong in faith, hope and love," said McGeehee.

Chad and Kylie Watson will be staying with one of his sisters when they return home.

In the days ahead, they'll be meeting with a local builder who has pledged to build the pair a new home free of cost.


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