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Posted: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 7:34AM

Father who survived fire speaks to crowd



GREENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky man who lost his wife and eight children in a blaze last month says his faith in God is still strong.

Chad Watson made some of his first public comments since the fire on Jan. 30 killed his wife, La Rae "Nikki" Watson, and eight of their children. Officials have said some type of combustible material fell against a baseboard heater in a bedroom. One child, 11-year-old Kylie Watson, survived.

The father and daughter were hospitalized in Nashville, but returned home on Feb. 16.

Media reported that Chad Watson told a crowd in Greenville who gathered Sunday for a Celebration of Life service that he wants people to remember how his family lived, not how they died.

He says they lived with a devout faith in Jesus Christ.

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