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Chevron says vapor leak caused fire; At least 350 people sickened

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

It still isn’t clear what was in the smoky black cloud that wafted from last night’s Chevron refinery fire in Richmond. But at least 350 people who were sickened by it arrived at emergency rooms in Richmond and San Pablo. Meanwhile, Chevron is saying the fire was caused by a chemical vapor leak and insists that, contrary to some early news reports, no explosions preceded the fire. Chevron was continuing a “controlled burn” at the refinery today.

Chevron spokeswoman Heather Culp issued this apology at a morning news conference:
"We apologize to our neighbors and this community for the fire and the concern that we have caused them. We are now working to determine the cause so that we can prevent such an incident from occurring in the future."
ABC 7; Chronicle
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