Chevron's California refinery fire contained, not yet out

By REUTERS
August 7, 2012 11:05

 
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RICHMOND/HOUSTON- A massive fire struck at the core of Chevron Corp's large Richmond, California, refinery on Monday, spewing flames and a column of smoke into the air, threatening a prolonged outage that may increase prices of the costliest US gasoline.

The fire was contained, but not extinguished, according to the company. The fire has blazed more than three hours after it erupted at the refinery in a densely populated industrial suburb of San Francisco. Smoke could be seen billowing over the Bay Area and four train stations were shut.

Nearby residents were ordered indoors after the fire hit the sole crude unit at the 245,000 barrel per day (bpd) plant, which accounts for one-eighth of California state's refining capacity.

It was not immediately clear when the fire would be put out and the extent of damage to the plant was not known.

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