Karachi (PPI) - Polythene plastic sheets caused inferno in North Karachi, Sector-5 on Thursday night at about 11:30 pm, in which at least forty people including 22 children, 12 women and six men burnt to death when fire engulfed about 20 jhugies (huts). An official of PS Bilal Colony, told PPI that the victims and survivors of inferno, all Seraiki speaking nomads belonging to Khanpur Katora, Punjab were residing at a vacant plot for a long period in huts and cabins made of wooden sticks. Their women worked in nearby bungalows and houses as domestic servant while the men used to earn livelihood buying scrape and old items through pushcarts in the area. The plot comprising several huts is surrounded by multi-storied buildings from three sides while it has only one way of opening to the street. On Thursday, some men of the huts were sitting at front side of the plot, making themselves safe from biting chill by burning woods in a pot. The official further told that the huts had polythene plastic sheet roofs and due to fast blowing air, the fire touched a hut's plastic sheet and spread to other huts within no time. About 60 men escaped death while 22 children, 12 women and six men died as three sides of the plot were surrounded by buildings and opening way was engulfed by the fire. He told that Edhi ambulances brought bodies, which would be buried at Shah Muhammad graveyard. Town Nazim New Karachi finalised arrangements for their burial.