No harm caused by flames at Bay Area refinery

Dec 19, 2014 11:32 AM by News Staff

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community.

A Chevron refinery process unit that was depressurized Thursday night created the flare and water vapor that looked like smoke, according to a company statement.

The Richmond Fire Department dispatched crews to the refinery but cancelled the call when the refinery told them it was a normal flaring operation.

KTVU-TV reports no one was injured inside the plant and no alarms went off that would indicate a chemical release.

The county hazardous materials team will request a report from the company in the next three days explaining what caused the flare.

A 2012 refinery fire prompted more than 15,000 people to seek treatment for respiratory problems and other discomforts after the blaze.


Information from: KTVU-TV.

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