MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - Saturday was a somber one in Muhlenberg County, as what seemed like the entire county came to say goodbye to a mother and her eight children who died in a fire.
Nine caskets were wheeled out one by one after the memorial service at the west campus of Muhlenberg County High School.
LaRae "Nikki" Watson and 8 of her children, Madison, Kaitlyn, Morgan, Emily, Samuel, Raegan, Mark and Nathaniel, died on January 30th when an electric baseboard heater caught something in their home on fire. The father, Chad Watson and his daughter, Kylie, escaped the fire and are still recovering at Vanderbilt Hospital. We're told Chad watched the service streamed online, and Kylie helped pick out the flowers for the service .
Outside family and friends lined the road releasing flowers as the nine hearses went past. They say everyone in the small community of Greenville knew the family. We're told the signs people made along the procession route in support of the family will be delivered to Chad and Kylie the surviving family members later this week.
Tucker Funeral Home is funding all funeral expenses. Country music trio, 'The Band Perry' plans to pay for their headstones.