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North Oakland residents advised to stay indoors due to Chevron fire

on August 6, 2012

A fire engine heads towards Chevron’s Richmond Refinery.

The Oakland Police Department has sent out an advisory urging residents of the North Oakland Hills to stay indoors and close all windows and doors and a large plume of smoke from Chevron’s Richmond Refinery headed towards the hills.

“The Chevron Oil Refinery fire has sent a large plume of smoke towards the North Oakland Hills,” the advisory read. “It is suggested to close all windows and doors. Turn off air conditioners. Bring in out door animals. At this time no further precautions are advised.”

The fire erupted at about 6:15 pm on Monday at the Richmond Refinery’s No. 4 Crude Unit. You can read the ongoing coverage of the fire and its aftermath, as well as see photos submitted by readers, at our sister publication, Richmond




  1. Keith McDowell on August 23, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    I rarely speak on politics/religon etc. but as a 40 year old African-American male this senseless killings of’ve these young black males has too STOP!!!!! Why is it nearly always black males are the ones’ killed by OPD???WHY?I know some things in life are a given..’so is said’? Just reading both sides of the arguments gave me all the evidence I needed to believe the OPD has a ‘shoot first’ mentality when it comes to young black males!!!! Those who still ‘dont believe these allegations’….What else do you need?Just like Rodney King ..the ‘white’ majority in America couldn’t believe what Blacks from East coast to the West coast where complaining about for decades!!! So give it time I say…when a group of people or people in general ‘really’ believe in something it takes at least 10 years to begin the change we as African-Americans have sought since we where brought here on Slave ships…Thank you

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