Updated at 6.30pm

A large grass fire in Marsalforn sparked a gas cyclinder explosion in the town on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire and subsequent explosion in the area known as Qolla Safra caused structural damage to a room and sent massive plumes of smoke rising above the seaside town. Nobody was injured, however, and firefighers were soon on the scene to put out the flames.

Firefighters reach the scene. Video: Daniel Xuereb Dingli

A police spokesperson subsequently said that a woman close to the fire had been treated for smoke inhalation but was discharged soon afterwards. The gas explosion had also blown out the windows of a nearby apartment, they added. 

A Civil Protection Department spokesman said Wednesday’s heat was keeping firefighters rushed off their feet, with other grass fires also reported in Selmun and Miżieb.