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.
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.