Spain’s railway administrator on Monday morning local time suspended services between two localities in the country’s northwest due to a fire close to the tracks, according to Spain’s state-owned railway company RENFE.
Social media footage filmed from inside one of the carriages showed a static train with fires flanking both sides of the train and worried passengers found themselves surrounded by flames.
The suspension affects all trains on the Madrid-Galicia route and is active until further notice. It is unclear whether the services have restarted.
CNN has reached out to RENFE but did not receive an immediate reply.
RENFE organized an alternative highway route between the station of Zamora and Sanabria in the Castille and Leon region for passengers whose trains had already left their stations.
“At all times the actions undertaken by Renfe have been aimed at maintaining the safety of the service and guaranteeing the integrity of the passengers,” RENFE said in a statement.
Some context: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday more than 70,000 hectares have been destroyed in Spain because of fires this year.
“70,000 hectares, to give you an idea is almost double of the last decade’s average. So far this year we have had 11 big fires,” he said.
Almost the entire country faces and extreme fire risk with many regions now classed as an "extreme" level of heat, according to Spain’s national weather agency AEMET.
On Monday, Spain was facing the eighth of a more than week-long heatwave, which caused more than 510 heat-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Carlos III Health Institute.