2 Ky. survivors welcomed home after fire killed 9 family members

MUHLENBERG COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO/WVLT) -- The community gathered Saturday afternoon to welcome home the survivors of a devastating house fire.

36-year-old Chad Watson and his 11-year-old daughter, Kylie Watson, were recently released from Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

"I'm excited that she's finally well enough to come home and getting ready to start a new chapter in their lives together," said Georgia Mills, a family friend.

It was a moment the entire community had been waiting for.

"We knew they'd be coming home. We just didn't expect it to be now, but we're beyond thankful," said Tiffany Groves, who was at the parade to show her support.

They spent more than two weeks in the hospital recovering from burns they received in a blaze that killed nine of their family members.

"They're living miracles," Mills said.

Chad and Kylie arrived in Greenville to signs, balloons, and cheers from family, friends, and even strangers.

As Chad drove by, Kylie was smiling in the passenger seat.

"I'm sure she was just as happy as everyone else out here. I couldn't help it, I just kept tearing up. They just kept coming," said Zanah Buck, one of Kylie's friends.

Although they're still heartbroken, the community is ready to look ahead.

"Seeing her is like closure and supporting her. We're glad she didn't give up when the family was lost," Buck said.

They know Chad and Kylie still have a lot of physical and emotional healing to do.

"But God will bring them through it," Mills said.

"They're Watson strong," said Linzi Stirsman, another one of Kylie's friends.


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