Chevron Refinery Fire (Richmond, California)

A series of fires damaged Chevron’s Richmond Refinery today, resulting in a mandatory evacuation of the surrounding region.


Thousands of East Bay residents were ordered to stay in their homes with the windows and doors closed Monday night after a series of explosions and fires tore through Chevron’s Richmond refinery.

The fire started at the refinery’s No. 4 Crude Unit, Chevron officials said. Just before 6:30 p.m., an inspection crew discovered that there was a diesel leak in a line in the unit – and that the leak was growing.

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