Residents of the area are being advised to stay inside and to seal their homes with whatever they can until the smoke from the fire is contained.
At 6:15 PM Pacific time a fire broke out at the Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond, California
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At 8:39 PM an amber alert was issued to all residents in the region advising them to seal up their homes and take shelter.
RESIDENTS IN RICHMOND. NORTH RICHMOND AND SAN PABLO. ARE ADVISED TO SHELTER IN PLACE. GO INSIDE. CLOSE ALL WINDOWS AND DOORS. TURN OFF ALL HEATERS. AIR CONDITIONERS AND FANS. IF NOT USING THE FIREPLACE. CLOSE FIREPLACE DAMPERS AND VENTS. AND COVER CRACKS AROUND DOORS AND WINDOWS WITH TAPE OR DAMPED TOWELS. MEDIA NEWS NETWORKS WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY UPDATED EMERGENCY INFORMATION. STAY OFF THE TELEPHONE UNLESS YOU HAVE A LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY.
The fire burned for more than two and a half hours after the refinery's crude oil unit erupted.
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