Fire kills 7 children, mother in their hut

ISLAMABAD:  A Pakistani police officer says a mother and her seven children were killed overnight by a fire the family had lit to keep warm in their hut in the country's south.

Ashraf Hussain said Friday the blaze engulfed the poor family's home, made of wooden planks and covered by bushes, in the village of Gorakh Hills in Dadu district. The village in southern Sindh province is located in what is usually the coldest area in winter in a province known for very hot summers.

Hussain says the father of the family was the only survivor but is badly burned and still unconscious.

 Fires are common during cold weather in Pakistan, where a large segment of the population lives below the poverty line in huts and homes without proper heating.