Small fire at Chevron Richmond refinery quickly extinguished; no injuries or threat to community

Update regarding flaring activity at the Chevron Richmond Refinery
Photo of the Chevron Richmond Refinery

A small fire at the Chevron Richmond refinery early Wednesday was quickly extinguished without injury or threat to neighbors or the community, according to fire and Chevron officials.

Fire crews responded about 2:10 a.m. to the refinery and extinguished the blaze within an hour, Chevron Richmond spokesperson Melissa Ritchie said.

A Level One notification was made to Contra County Health Services, but no community shelter in place was called or necessary, Ritchie said.

An ongoing refinery investigation concluded the fire “did not occur in a pipe or crude oil processing line” and had “no connection to the August 2012 fire.”

“While preparing a non-operational area of the Fluid Catalytic Cracker (FCC) for maintenance work using a specialized hose, the hose failed and resulted in a leak which ignited,” the company said in a statement. “The hose contained partially refined hydrocarbon. At this time, we do not know the cause for the failure in the hose.”

After the incident, the refinery implemented its Leak Response Protocol, which included shutting down the FCC and two adjacent areas within the plant. Other areas of the refinery were unaffected by the incident and continue to produce transportation fuels and other products, the company said.