GUWAHATI, Dec 19 - Around 60 families were rendered homeless after an inferno gutted their dwelling houses near Lachit Park at Jalukbari area around 12:30 pm on Saturday.
The fire broke out in a slum area set up on government land, and is inhabited by nearly 300 people.
Senior officials of the Fire and Emergency Service department said that the massive fire, the cause of which is yet to be ascertained, gutted around 66 thatched and bamboo huts, mostly occupied by daily wage labourers of the city.
Meanwhile, police suspected that the fire originated from a bonfire arranged by locals as the city in the last couple of days has witnessed a dip in the mercury level.
The intensity of the fire escalated following bursting of around 30 domestic LPG cylinders.
Nearly 14 water tenders were pressed into action and it took the fire fighters more than three hours to gain control over the inferno. Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) Biswajit Pegu said that the district administration has already started the assessment of the loss caused by the fire.
�We are working to arrange shelters for the victims. We will also provide relief items to them,� Pegu said.