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Sunday, February 2, 2014

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Band offers to pay for Ky. family’s funeral

DEPOY, Ky. (AP) - A country music group made up of three siblings has offered to pay for the funeral of eight children and their mother who died in a western Kentucky house fire.

Calvary Baptist Church Pastor Tim Burden told WLKY-TV (http://bit.ly/1aQAK8ihttp://bit.ly/1aQAK8i ) on Saturday that The Band Perry has reached out with an offer to pay for the services for Nikki Watson and eight of her children. The Tennessee-based trio is made up of two brothers and their sister.

A posting on the Watson Family Fundraiser Facebook page Friday night said the band “has paid for the entire funeral.”

Burden, a close friend of the family, led a candlelight vigil for the victims on Friday night at the church in Central City.

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Police: 3 bodies found in burned home

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say three bodies have been recovered from a house fire in central Kentucky.

The Madison County Fire Department responded to a home on Oakley Wells Road just before midnight Friday. The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

Officials put the fire out but were unable to search the scene until later Saturday morning, The Richmond Register reported (http://bit.ly/LmjNWShttp://bit.ly/LmjNWS ). Authorities recovered the bodies of three unidentified people from the debris. Investigators said the cause of the fire does not appear to be suspicious.

Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison had confirmed the three deaths Saturday morning by 10:15 a.m. The bodies have been sent to Frankfort for autopsies by the state Medical Examiner’s office.

The fatal fire occurred just two days after a house fire in Muhlenberg County killed nine family members and injured two others. Police say that blaze was likely caused by a baseboard heater that came in contact with a flammable material.

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