LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A girl who escaped a western Kentucky house fire that killed her mother and eight siblings is recuperating from burns and communicating with her hospital nurses, a family friend said Friday.
Kylie Watson wrote “I’m hungry” on a dry erase board from her hospital bed, pastor Tim Burden said. Burden said the 11-year-old girl’s father, Chad Watson, is also making progress at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Eight of Chad Watson’s children and his wife, Nikki, died in a house fire in rural Muhlenberg County early Thursday morning. Investigators say the fire was likely ignited when a combustible material made contact with a baseboard heater.
“The whole community is mourning. This is a tragedy, and it could happen to any of us,” said Duane Harvey, a neighbor who was the first person to arrive at the fire just after 2 a.m.
The father and daughter were listed in critical but stable condition on Friday afternoon.
Friends and relatives around the community of Depoy say the church-going family was loving and close but struggled with finances. Local banks are accepting donations to help the two survivors.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes kept pace with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in fundraising late last year in one of the nation’s most closely watched campaigns.
But the longest-serving senator in Kentucky’s history headed into an election year with three times as much money in the bank as Grimes.
Heading into 2014, McConnell had the luxury of dipping into a campaign bank account that totaled $10.9 million, while Grimes had almost $3.5 million on hand, the respective campaigns said.
McConnell, always a prolific fundraiser, has already collected $20 million for the election, gearing up for another tough race in his home state.