14:20 Updated with video

Two people were hospitalised in a fire at an apartment in Triq il-Halel, Bugibba at around noon. They are being treated for shock.

The cause of the fire is still unknown but police said that according to preliminary reports it seemed it was the result of a gas explosion caused by a chemical reaction. The exploding cylinder was installed yesterday.

The sound of the explosion initially led people to think it was a shooting.