Shelter in place order ends following Sims Metal fire in Richmond

Richmond, Chevron fire chiefs combine efforts to battle Sims Metal blaze
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A shelter in place was ordered in Richmond Tuesday night due to a fire at the Sims Metal recycling facility at 600 South 4th St.

The blaze was first reported at 5:08 p.m., Richmond fire Capt. Rico Rincon said. A pile of scrap metal about 20-feet high caught fire.

As firefighters battled the fire, residents in several neighborhoods were asked to shelter-in-place, meaning stay inside with windows and doors closed. The shelter in place was ordered for neighborhoods including Nystrom Village, Iron Triangle, Santa Fe, Atchison Village, Point Richmond and North Richmond.

The shelter in place order ended for all neighborhoods as of 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Richmond Police Department.

“An `All Clear` has been issued for the Shelter-in-Place due to heavy smoke in Richmond for all the affected areas,” according to the Richmond Fire Department. “The Shelter-in-Place has ended. Please feel free to resume normal activities. Please open doors and windows to air out buildings and homes.”

Bay City News contributed to this report. Photo above contribued by a reader to the Richmond Standard Facebook page.