More than 20 residents – including a baby – have been evacuated from their homes after an explosion in Qawra.
Fire crews were called to a pastizzi shop in Tourists Street at around 6am on Tuesday after the suspected gas blast.
A number of pets were also removed from flats above the food outlet for their safety.
He added: ‘The fire was controlled quickly, the cylinders cooled down and extracted to reduce the possibility of a further explosion or fire.
‘The Civil Protection Department would like to thank Malta Police, particularly officers from Qawra Police Station and RIU officers who assisted in the evacuation of a residents from nearby flats.’
‘Approximately 20 residents were evacuated, including a baby.’
No one was hurt in the incident.