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Fire sparked at railroad construction site in downtown Fresno

A fire broke out Saturday morning at a railroad equipment staging area in downtown Fresno.

No injuries were reported.

Fresno Fire Department spokesman Robert Castillo said the fire began around 7 a.m. at G and Inyo streets. He said a stack of railroad ties — wooden beams that go under the the steel tracks — caught fire.

It’s unclear what or who may have caused the fire, Castillo said. The total damage is estimated to be $2,000.

Two fire trucks with seven firefighters arrived along with a fire investigator and battalion chief. Castillo said some witnesses said people were in the area of the fire, but crews couldn’t make contact with anyone for information.

The damage estimate includes some equipment inside a storage container that is located at the construction site.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado is a general assignment reporter at The Fresno Bee. He studies journalism at California State University, Fresno, where he once served as editor of the student newspaper. Before that, he was the editor of the Fresno City College student newspaper. He grew up in the central San Joaquin Valley.


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