STOCKTON â€“ â€œThe problem is you got all these railroad ties. Itâ€™s a dump, thatâ€™s not a legal dump.â€
Frank Alegre owns a recycling yard just across the street from this pile of rail yard tiesâ€”burned in yesterdayâ€™s fire.
â€œThe ties have creosote. I told them one of these days theyâ€™re going to blow up,â€ said Alegre.
And sure enough, Alegre says, the ties, soaked in flammable grease called creosote, were up in flames yesterday.
Alegre claims heâ€™s contacted the city of Stockton for years, trying to get these moved.
â€œThat property belongs to the railroad. As long as Iâ€™ve been on the job here, 18 years,â€ said Stockton Fire Department Battalion Chief Van Riviere.
So why are they just left here?
FOX40 found out this property belongs to one of the largest railway companies in the United States, called BNSF.
They told FOX40 â€œSince it is our property, we can store whatever materials we want. BNSF is in the process of moving the ties, we hauled 3,000 to be shipped out of area prior to yesterdayâ€™s fire.â€
And the fire department says the fire didnâ€™t start here.
Alegre says the ties helped to fuel this fire and should not be here.
â€œYears ago I told them itâ€™s a fire hazard, itâ€™s a dump,â€ Alegre said.