Chevron Fire Required 80 Firefighters and Five Hours to Extinguish

A Chevron spokeswoman apologized and said the cause of the fire was under investigation.

A Chevron spokeswoman said Tuesday morning that safety officials are allowing a small controlled burn at the company’s Richmond refinery following a Monday night blaze that took 80 firefighters from more than six agencies five hours to extinguish.  

Heather Kulp said that the cause of the fire is under investigation and apologized to neighboring communities for the fire that sent hundreds of people to local hospitals with respiratory complaints. She said that the part of the refinery that caught fire Monday is closed, but other sections are open. “It’s a normal day at work we are expecting folks to be on site and we will continue to operate,” she said.

Three employees were treated for minor injuries at the refinery, Kulp said. 

Kulp would not say when the closed part would reopen. “We will work to get the refinery up when it is safe to do so,” she said.

In addition to Chevron’s own emergency crews, firefighters from Richmond, El Cerrito, Rodeo, Hecules, Moraga and Orinda helped to put out the fire.


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John August 07, 2012 at 07:03 PM
My guess would be because of the equipment being used. From the TV, it looked like it was all ladder trucks. With EC's and Richmond's ladder trunks responding, my guess would be San Pablo's truck moved temporary to Richmond and one of Berkeley's moved to El Cerrito to cover in case a ladder truck was needed elsewhere. Since LaMorinda has 4 ladder trucks, they can spare 2 and still have 2 covering the 24 corridor. All this is my guess coming from a conversation years ago about how just 1 ladder truck responding/going to the store causes a shift in resources of ladder trucks around it.
julie August 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Chervron also has its own fire department (specially trained RFD)
Redrock August 08, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Yes... let's just keep calling out the number of possible scenarios, when we finally figure out that none of the outside fire ladders did nothing except waste tax payer gas...
Denise Sangster August 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
San Pablo is served by Contra Costa County Fire--good point... Where were they? They have the largest number of fire fighters on duty daily... Where they called?
Bud Burlison August 09, 2012 at 02:07 PM
We forgot redrock and his bucket.


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