Child who survived deadly Ky. fire recuperating

Alan Gregory, with the Kentucky Fire Marshal's office, at bottom, digs through debris Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, from a house fire that killed nine members of an 11 member family on Motes Road in Depoy near Greenville. The fire was reported at 2:01 a.m. at the home of Chad and LaRae Watson. Chad Watson and Kylie Watson, 11, were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with severe burns.    (AP Photo/Messenger-Inquirer, Photo by Jenny Sevcik)
Alan Gregory, with the Kentucky Fire Marshal's office, at bottom, digs through debris Thursday Jan. 30, 2014, from a house fire that killed nine members of an 11 member family on Motes Road in Depoy near Greenville. The fire was reported at 2:01 a.m. at the home of Chad and LaRae Watson. Chad Watson and Kylie Watson, 11, were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carrell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with severe burns. (AP Photo/Messenger-Inquirer, Photo by Jenny Sevcik)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A girl who escaped a western Kentucky house fire that killed her mother and eight siblings is communicating with her hospital nurses.

Pastor Tim Burden said Friday that 11-year-old Kylie Watson has written “I’m hungry” on a dry erase board. Burden says Kylie’s father, Chad Watson, is also making progress at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Eight of Chad Watson’s children and his wife, Nikki, died in a house fire in rural Muhlenberg County early Thursday morning. Investigators say a combustible material made contact with a baseboard heater.

Burden, a close friend of the family and the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Central City, says the church is holding a candlelight vigil Friday evening.

The father and daughter were both listed in critical condition Friday morning.

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