He left his two boys at home with a lit stove to get something outside quickly; but that was the last time he saw one of the boys.

He was burnt to death in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

The incident occurred on Ijorgbor Street, off Upper Sokponba Road, Benin.

The 5-year-old victim and his brother had been locked inside the room by their father, who lit the stove.

Their father was said to have gone out to purchase some items with which he planned to make supper.

Neighbours watched helplessly as the victim cried for help in vain until he died in the inferno.

The victim’s brother was however rescued by one of the neighbours who broke through the burglar-proof bars on one of the windows.

He was later said to have been rushed to a hospital for treatment.

But the intensity of the inferno was said to have prevented rescuers from getting to the deceased.