A massive fire, the cause of which was unknown, broke out at Crawford Market in south Mumbai early on Sunday morning.

There are no reports of casualties as yet, Times of India quoted BMC disaster management officials as saying.

Reports said the fire department was alerted to the blaze that engulfed some 50 shops located in Crawford Market, which is also know as Mahatma Phule market, at around 5.19 p.m. The fire began in the food section of the market, reports said.

The fire department immediately rushed 10 fire engines and eight water tankers to the market and fire department officials said it was under control. The flames were doused within an hour, a report said, and a short circuit is suspected to have led to the disaster. An investigation will be launched into the reason for the fire, BMC sources added. 

In November 2011,  a major fire had broken out near Manish market and Sahara Shopping Centre, a wholesale market near the Crawford market area in Mumbai that led to the destruction of crores worth of property but no loss of lives. Crawford market is one of Mumbai's oldest markets.