KARACHI -  Fire erupted in a cloth market in Saddar area of Karachi which gutted at least 10 shops here on Monday.

The affected shops are situated on the Umer Farooqui Clothe Market situated near the Empress Market, Saddar.

The fire brigade department dispatched at least three fire tenders to extinguish fire. Fire brigade officials said two more fire tenders were later sent to the fire site.

There are a large number of shops located in the market, however, three shops of clothes and one of shoes were gutted in the fire that erupted on the night between Sunday and Monday. The fire fighters managed to save more shops from being burnt.

Fire fighters said no casualty was reported in the fire as the markets were closed. They said they managed to douse the fire with the hectic efforts of at least two hours. Fire brigade officials while quoting the initial findings said it broke out due to electric short-circuit. Police officials also reached the site, however, no case has been registered as police officials believed the fire broke out accidentally.