A mother and seven of her children were burnt to death yesterday in Ohufu village, Ogboji community in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State.
It was gathered that the two thatched houses where the family members were sleeping suddenly caught fire around 3 a.m, the Nation reports.
The mother was said to have been trapped in the inferno while battling to save one of her children.
Only her 80-year-old husband, Sylvanus Nefuru, and one of the children, Ukamaka Nwefuru, survived the fire outbreak.
The cause of the outbreak could not be ascertained. Ukamaka Nwefuru said her mother rescued her and proceeded to save another member of the family when she was trapped and died in the inferno.