Over 100 makeshift homes destroyed in Pakistan fire

KARACHI, PAKISTAN (AP) — A massive fire burned over 100 burlap-and-plastic shelters in the southern port city of Karachi, forcing hundreds of poor nomads to spend the night in the open amid winter temperatures, but there were no casualties, police said.

It was unclear what caused the fire in the city’s Teenhatti neighbourhood, where hundreds of nomad families live in makeshift homes, area police chief Liaquat Hayyat said. He said firefighters quickly doused the flames but they could not save the 100 or so makeshift homes.

TV footage showed a massive fire sweeping through the shelters as dwellers cried for help.

Dwellers collect their belongings following a fire that gutted homes in Karachi, Pakistan. PHOTO: AP