Three children aged under two, who were injured when a petrol canister exploded at their home in west Cork yesterday, are continuing to receive treatment at Cork University Hospital.

Five-month-old twins, who were airlifted to hospital yesterday evening, are said to have suffered moderate burn injuries.

Their brother, who is just over one-year-old, was also airlifted to hospital with a burn injury which is described as less serious.

The incident is understood to have happened around 6.30pm in the evening at the house at Drinagh, near Drimoleague. The alarm was raised immediately.

Gardaí, paramedics, the coast guard helicopter from Shannon and members of Toe Head Coast Guard team attended the scene in an operation which was coordinated by Valentia Coast Guard station.

The burns to all three children are understood to be to their bodies and all three were treated at the scene before being airlifted by helicopter to Cork University Hospital.

They were accompanied on the flight by their parents.

The helicopter touched down at CUH at 7.50pm.

One of the twins is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. The other two children are being treated in wards.

Gardaí are investigating the cause of the fire and a technical examination will take place at the children's home today.

All three children are are expected to make a recovery.