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Fire At Chevron Refinery Contained After Four Hours

One of the processing units at a Richmond refinery has caught fire



    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012)

    A massive fire spotted as far as six miles from the site began raging Monday evening at at one of the processing units at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

    No injuries were immediately reported when the fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. But officials didn't  take any chances. They ordered a level 3 shelter-in-place, telling residents in Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo to go inside, close all windows and doors, turn off all heaters, air conditioners and fans.

    Chevron has its own fire department with 60 firefighters, who were on site beating back flames. Surrounding local departments and hazardous materials teams were also on site, helping out.

    Nitrogen and steam was pumped on the blaze to try to extinguish it.

    A Chevron spokesperson said there was one minor injury, which was treated at the on-site facility.

    The fire was contained and the fire marshall recommended that the shelter in place be lifted, at about 10:30 p.m. The county health department lifted the shelter in place at 11:12 p.m.

    BART had closed down the Richmond station, but it reopened around 11:30 p.m.

    No one was evacuated in the area.

    Officials believe the cause of the fire was a diesel leak in unit 4.

    This is not the first time there has been an issue with this plant. In 2006, there was an explosion at this plant that sent hundreds of people to the hospital. There also incidents in 1999 and 2007.


    The last fire burned for 10 hours.

    People from around the Bay Area took photos of what they could see. Here is a collection of some of their images.



    Fire Erupts at Richmond Refinery

    A fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. Monday one of the processing units at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

    Storified by NBC Bay Area · Mon, Aug 06 2012 19:21:00

    RT @jaffeps: HUGE fire at Chevron's Richmond Refinery. Dickinson
    Chevron refinery in Richmond is on fire!!
    RT @kuyaGeorge: Refinery fire in Richmond can be seen for miles. Fuck. Capangpangan
    #chevron #richmond refinery fire 7:10 pm from Arlington B El Cerrito #TwitPict
    RT @brondmo: Huge fire in Richmond, CA. Looks like it's at the refinery.
    BART stopping at El Cerrito not going to Richmond MT @mikejcorey: Pretty bad refinery fire in Richmond...”Coulter Jones
    RT @b0bm0rgan: Massive explosions and fire at Chevron refinery in my hometown of Richmond. Amato
    Fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, with smoke reaching Pinole now.
    RT @HossfeldVyrds: You can see flames from here and huge plumes of smoke #Chevron Oil Refinery fire in Richmond , view from #napa
    Two huge flames. Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, CA. Hartley
    RT @LRiddellSF: Chevron refinery on fire. McNiece
    Richmond Refinery fire!
    The refinery is on fire in Richmond. Look how close I am. Pray for us Brown
    RT @JJJ: #sfsmoke Chevron refinery fire in Richmond - Smoke 3000 feet high Morris
    Major fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, viewable from my deck. Landau