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Muhlenberg Co. fire survivors welcomed home by community

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GREENVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- A Kentucky community welcomed home a young girl today who survived a fire that killed nine of her family members.

In Muhlenberg County, dozens of people lined the streets to welcome home Kylie Watson. 

It was the type of homecoming you see in the movies.

And in a time of grief, it lifted the spirits of those who are still mourning.

Following behind a police escort, Chad is in the driver's seat and Kylie Watson is riding shotgun, both with big smiles on their faces.

"It's a very cold day but there are a lot of warm hearts here today and we're just bubbling over with joy," said family friend Vicki Yonts.

Kylie and her father Chad were the only two survivors of a fatal fire last month, which killed Chad's wife Nikki and their eight other children.

Now that they're home, family and friends plan to keep supporting them every way they can.

"We will be there for them and do whatever we can to help them transition and move forward," said Gail Johnson.

Chad and Kylie have been in the hospital recovering ever since the devastating fire that took the rest of their family.

This homecoming was put together last minute when word spread they were coming home.

"Said we're coming home tomorrow and I was like wow. I couldn't breathe for a second because just a few days ago they were so critical and we were all praying for her," said Yonts.

"I don't know if they did (expect a homecoming like this) or not but they should have," said Pastor Tim Burden.

"We're feeling lots of emotions. Lots of happiness and excitement," said Johnson.

The caravan drove by a crowd of people at the high school and then through town and ended at the Calvary Baptist Church, where the Watson's are members.

"They have been such a strong part of our fellowship here and they represent the Watson family," said Pastor Burden.

Burden says now it's time to rebuild and focus on moving forward.

"We have to focus on their family on the aspect of living. They lived. Yea, we know they died but we know they also lived and we don't want the tragedy to overshadow their lives," he told WDRB.

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