A quick-thinking hero got a round of applause after he prevented a historic Easter throne from burning to the ground.


Spectators watched on in horror as the Christ cross caught fire at the start of a parade which was due to take place in the town of Bolanos de Calatrava, in the central Spanish province of Ciudad Real.


The incident was filmed by shocked onlookers and shows the moment the fabric surrounding the Christ cross caught fire and had to be extinguished in the middle of the street.


The throne which was adorned with the statue of Virgen de los Dolores (the Pain Virgin) started to burn during the religious Easter parade of Santo Entierro.


The shroud of the virgin caught fire after fabric got too close to a burning candle and what started as a small fire quickly began to spread.


In a bid to stop it burning the entire statue, and then the thrown, a quick thinking worker jumped onto it to stop it.


Footage shows him batting the fire away as others watch on.


Onlookers can be heard shouting in the background as he tries to stop the blaze using only his hands.


Julian Baos, one of the organisers, said the only damage done by the fire was a small amount of burning to the shroud of the Virgin as well as a small burn on the cross.


The procession continued normally with no further incidents.


And this is not the first time the parade has been threatened in the town.


During the Easter parade in 2013, the statue of Jesus riding the donkey fell off the float and onto the ground.

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Author: Ana LaCasa Martinez

Ana Lacasa Martinez has been a freelance reporter and correspondent covering Spain and South America for eight years, and has worked for many UK nationals including the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and the Sun. She is completely fluent in both Spanish and English, and is also an experienced news photographer.
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