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Watch! Train passes through raging fire in Sydney, harrowing footage emerges


Photo taken on April 15, 2018 shows firemen tackling a bushfire burning at Voyager Point, south of Sydney. Hundreds of firefighters were battling a large bushfire that burnt near Sydney homes, with authorities saying on April 16, 2018 that it was "miraculous" no homes were damaged and no-one was injured. / AFP PHOTO / CARLOS COUTINHO

A large bushfire that was raging in Sydney has destroyed 2,430 hectares (6,005 acres) of land. Hundreds of firefighters were battling to control the large bushfire, even people were forced to evacuate the area due to the fire.

Even major roads were shut down as the fire crept the entire bush area, the fire was so huge that emergency responders were required to dump water by helicopter. Even though major roads were shut down in the area, a train passed near the fire, without officials knowing it. As the train passed by surrounded by fire which allowed passengers to capture harrowing footage of the fire on their cellphones, reported The Washington Post. The report also mentioned that the officials have said that the train should not have been allowed to travel the track and that they are investigating what happened. At one point, smoke from the fire was captured on a satellite.

“It is absolutely miraculous that we have not lost any lives and virtually no property and this is because of the hard work and dedication and heroism of our fire services,” the state’s acting Emergency Services Minister Mark Speakman told reporters Monday. Conditions had improved Monday as winds eased, with firefighters working to slow the spread of the flames. They also conducted controlled burns overnight to clear land that could be combustible.