'Moments of Panic' as Passengers on Halted Train Are Surrounded by Wildfire

Horror reverberated through a train carriage as a locomotive stopped on the tracks, surrounded by wildfire on each side.

The Spanish service, going from Madrid to Ferrol, temporarily stopped at around 9:30 a.m. on Monday, due to flames near the road.

A video of the tense moment was tweeted by Francisco Seoane Pérez, under the handle @PacoSeoanePerez, believed to be a passenger on board.

Screengrabs from @PacoSeoanePerez's video.
Passengers were on a stopped train surrounded by wildfire on each side while traveling in Spain. Twitter user @PacoSeoanePerez's posted the video of the harrowing scene. @PacoSeoanePerez

Pérez filmed the view from the right-hand side of the train, showing a line of orange flames outside, before he pans to the left-hand side, showing similar fiery scenes.

Translated into English, the tweet said: "Moments of panic on the Madrid-Ferrol train at Zamora-Sanabria, 9:30 a.m. The train continued the journey after a few minutes stopped." Since being shared the clip has amassed more than 100,000 views.

Train company Renfe shared a series of warnings over the fire, confirming Adif has suspended services between Otero de Bodas and Zamora, which affects the AVE and Alvia Galicia-Madrid trains.

"Alternative road transport between Zamora and Sanabria AV stations," they tweeted, translated into English.

Renfe also issued a statement about the fire, which said, translated into English: "The circulation of all trains is suspended until further notice. Renfe has organized an alternative road transport service between the Zamora and Sanabria AV stations for train passengers who had already departed from their stations of origin.

"At all times, the actions undertaken by Renfe have been aimed at maintaining the security of the service and guaranteeing the integrity of passengers.

"The rest of the services between Galicia and Madrid are suspended until rail traffic can be restored."

Europe is in the midst of a heatwave, with England braced for its hottest day ever, with the mercury expected to reach 104 degrees, seeing the country declare a national emergency.

On the continent, two wildfires have engulfed vast swathes of southwestern France, while separate fires burned in Greece, Portugal and Spain.

According to France24, a fire in Zamora, in northwest Spain, has claimed two lives already, a 69-year-old man and a firefighter.

The official account for the region, Naturaleza Castilla y León, shared their condolences as they named the firefighter as Daniel G.V.

They said: "The most important thing in an operation is the people. People who put their lives at risk Today Daniel GV, hose operator of the C-9.9 fire engine, has died in the act of service during the extinction of #IFLosacio We never wanted to have given this news Our condolences."

France24 quoted local authorities who claimed around 20 wildfires are still alight, ranging from the southwest to the northwest, destroying around 4,500 hectares.

According to AccuWeather, the death toll in Spain has reached at least 368 people owing to the heatwave, which took effect around July 10.

In Spain, Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport hit 108 degrees Fahrenheit on Thursday, the site claimed, breaking its record for highest-ever temperature recorded in July.

Forest fire in in Avila, Spain.
Vast swathes of Europe are engulfed in flames due to an oppressive heatwave. A flame engulfs a tree during a forest fire in Cebreros on July 18, 2022 in Avila, Spain. Pablo Blazquez Domingue