Heat wave in Spain: passengers trapped in a train engulfed in flames
A passenger train traveling between Madrid, the capital of Spain, and Ferrol, located on the northern coast of the country, was caught between large wildfires near the city of Zamora.
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According to Francisco Seoane Pérez, a passenger who filmed the situation, the fire seemed at a safe distance at first, but as the wind increased, the situation changed in seconds, Reuters reports. "After filming the video, the situation got even worse for a moment, people already stood up and started moving. Instinctively, I stood up myself, but one of the passengers said that it would only make the situation worse and we had to keep calm," recalled Pérez.
"Just as the train continued on its way, I started smelling smoke. It would have been scary if we had stayed there even half a minute longer," said Pérez.
The whole of Western Europe has been hit by a severe heat wave, as a result of which large-scale wildfires are burning. Wildfires in France, Portugal and Spain have forced thousands of people to evacuate their homes.
In Spain alone, 510 heat-related deaths have been recorded in the past week.