A fire services official said the blaze erupted in the jhuggi cluster near Sadar Bazar railway station on the Lahori Gate side at around 0230 hrs. Hundreds of people were rendered homeless as over 3750 jhuggis were gutted in the fire. The official said the fire services personnel later recovered five bodies, which were completely charred. He said seven other people were critically injured in the fire and they have been hospitalised. Several fire tenders were pressed into service to douse the flames.
The cause of the fire was being ascertained.