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Continued: Police: 9 members of family killed in Ky. house fire; only father and 11-year-old girl escaped

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  • Last update: January 30, 2014 - 10:25 PM

"This loss has affected staff and students alike," McCarty said in the note. "We want all to know that we are here for them and their needs at this time of loss."

This is Kentucky's third fire in a little more than a year that has killed five or more people. Last January, four children under 6 and their father were killed in a blaze near Pikeville in eastern Kentucky that also severely burned their mother. Authorities said the home lacked a smoke detector.

In March, a fire at a home in the southern Kentucky community of Gray killed a young couple and five children, the oldest of whom was 3.

The area of the latest fire was featured in the 1971 John Prine song "Paradise," about the impact of coal mining and what happens to the area around the Green River once the mining ends. The song references Peabody Energy Corporation and a now-defunct town called Paradise.

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