Police had to perform a rescue operation in the wee hours of last night after a man reportedly poured rum on a gas cylinder at his house and set the place ablaze.

Among those persons locked inside the three-room house was his wife, his four children and his landlord.

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The youngest child is nine months old.

The man, who the police said was wanted for robbery, set his house on fire even as he defied pleas from them to surrender.

All the individuals were saved, and the man is now in police custody.

More to details to follow.