American Greatness: The Band Perry To Pay For The Funeral Of 9 Members Of A Family Killed In Fire

Published on February 2, 2014

(CNN) — The Band Perry has stepped in to help with expenses to bury a mother and eight children who were killed in a house fire in Greenville, Kentucky.

The offer follows news that only two family members — the father, Chad J. Watson, and an 11-year-old girl — survived the fire Thursday morning.

The country trio’s representatives contacted the Watson family and offered to take care of all the expenses, Watson family friend Pam Burden said. The group also offered to pay hotel expenses for family members staying near the medical center where the two are being treated, she said.

“I don’t know why The Band Perry reached out to the family other than they are just very gracious,” Burden said. “The family doesn’t have any personal connection to the band before now.”

The Band Perry’s publicist, Brian Bumbery, confirmed the group’s offer.

Watson is listed in critical condition, and his daughter is in stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Burden said.

The mother was identified as 35-year-old LaRae Watson. The eight children who died in the fire ranged in age from 4 to 15.

Investigators have ruled the fire accidental, according to Kentucky State Police.

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