Garth Rogers ed., The Fire has Jumped. Eyewitness accounts of the eruption and evacuation of Niuafo'ou, Tonga, Suva, Fiji: IPS,USP, 1986. is a wonderful collection of translated recountings by the people of Niuafo'ou (and others in Niufo'ou at the time) about the day Niufo'ou went to the sky.
As we kept on going up, I felt that I could no longer hold onto our bag of clothes and carry Liku'one, so I threw our bag of clothes into the bush. As we went up, as time went on, I felt the heat and the scorching of the fire on my back, and as a result another fearful thought occurred to me, that I should throw away my poor little girl and go on myself and survive. Of course I couldn't see the fire behind me any more, but in my mind the fire was very close to getting us, and from the rumbling of the lava flow it seemed as if it would rush up and get us.