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Shelter-in-Place Lifted as Chevron Refinery Fire Dies Down

The shelter-in-place advisory issued for Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo followed the fire tonight, Monday, at the Chevron refinery was lifted by county health officials shortly after 11 p.m.

Contra Costa Health Services has lifted the shelter-in-place advisory that was issued Monday following the large refinery fire that broke out at Chevron around 6:30 p.m.

The shelter-in-place alert was lifted shortly after 11 p.m. It had applied to Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo and had advised residents to remain indoors, to keep all doors and windows closed and to seal all cracks that could admit outside air.

"A controlled burn continues at the refinery but the situation is under control and the shelter-in-place is no longer in effect," Health Services said in a notice issued at 11:12 p.m.

Fumes and smoke from the blaze rose high in the air and covered a wide area. Many people flocked to Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo with respiratory complaints. 

Chevron announced that it will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond.

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Anita Brokaw April 07, 2013 at 04:03 AM
I am a victim of the Chevron Fire,and I had to suffer first because I had no way to flee,second;even after the smoke cleared,fumes and odor lingered like it was coming fro m under round. I think it made my cat sick too. head aches upset stomach,shortness of breath every time I had to go out. One thing I do not understand is why was'nt the North Richmond Clinic open for the Residents that were not able to fleeI don't even remember talkin to a lawyer,I did talk to someone at Chevron,I was told they only pay for Medical bills and property damage,what does that mean.
MIKE ALFORD April 07, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Anita --- This Is why I have Been to the City Counsel so many times ! Ive been in front of them at 253 straght meetings asking them Why do our dead beat supervisors get huge raises and why do you (martinez city counsel) Let the Fact that our Emergency Room Right here at the County Hospital RIGHT HERE IN MARTINEZ THAT Cannot Accomadate The People thet Come into the EMERGENCY ROOM --- THE Doctors have told me they cannot handle the HUGE INFLUX of Patients Comming In EVERY SINGLE DAY --- 7 Weeks ago They had such a Problem 17 people had to stay in the emergency room for 2 to 3 days because there JUST NO ROOMS to move them to -- And they were to sick to release to go home ! They just had to stay on Gurneys with I.Vs Until they Were Better To Go Home Or when rooms Were ready --- NOT One Of Our City Counsel Members Would Adress this !! -- Another THING -- MR ROSS repersents The AIR QUALITY CONTROLL for the east BAY ! --- There WAS A SPILL AT SLELL OIL REFINARY - IN MARTINEZ LAST WEEK -- Two workers were sent to the hospital- That Were Later Released -- WHY didnt we know of this ? Until it came out in the mail until two days LATER ?? --First of all you WONT FIND ANY ANSWERS FROM ANY OF OUR CITY LEADERS --- Espachally Mr ROSS ! -- BECAUSE --- WHAT YOU DONT KNOW ---- WONT HURT MR ROSS & THE REFINARYS THAT BACK MR ROSS & THE CITY COUNSEL MEMBERS along WITH THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS !! ----------- AND THOSE ARE FACTS !! WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO WAKE UP -- STAND UP - AND SPEAK UP ???
Chris J Kapsalis April 07, 2013 at 08:50 PM
What date was that spill ? Do you know? Was it in the paper? Just asking, I didn't hear about it.
Chris J Kapsalis April 07, 2013 at 09:03 PM
What date was that spill ? Do you know? Was it in the paper? Just asking, I didn't hear about it.

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