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The Band Perry pays for a family's funeral expenses
(CNN) -- Country music's 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 group's publicist said Saturday.
The offer follows news that only two family members -- the father, Chad J. Watson, and an 11-year-old girl -- survived a house fire Thursday morning.
The Band Perry'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.
The Band Perry's publicist, Brian Bumbery of BB Gun Press, confirmed the group's offer.Only two family members, the father and an 11-year-old girl, survived the house fire Thursday morning in Greenville, Kentucky.
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.
"It appears that an electric baseboard heater located in a bedroom ignited some nearby combustibles," it said in a statement.
As news of the group's offer spread, hundreds of people posted messages of gratitude -- thanking the band.
The Band Perry, made up of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, burst onto the country music scene in 2010 with their self-titled debut album, which spawned the hit single "If I Die Young." The group released its sophomore album "Pioneer" in 2013.
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