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Small Fire At Shell Refinery Monday

The afternoon fire did very little damage, but caused some smoke in the area.

A fire broke out at the Shell Refinery around 2 p.m. Monday, a Shell spokeswoman said. No damage was reported.

The fire was in the light oil processing unit, according to Shell spokesperson Erin Hallissy.

"The unit was immediately evacuated and all personnel are accounted for," she said. "Our fire crews responded and quickly put it out. They continued to put water on the unit to cool it down."

Shell also notifed the Contra Costa Health Services Department that the facility had a level 2 incident, which does not require a shelter in place warning, but people with respiratory problems were advised to avoid the area.

Kayleen Parks August 14, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I used the link Anthony provided and just signed up. In the terms you have to agree to it states very clearly that this is meant to be a supplemental service and that they cannot be accountable for accuracy. It is run by the sherrifs dept. and county health services not the refineries. In the 15 years I have lived here and taught in CCC I find myself no closer to being informed than before. I still have to rely on sirens, TV, papers, and neighbors who are usually as lost as I am. It is frustrating.
Jed August 14, 2012 at 02:47 PM
ANOTHER excuse for those sorry sons-a-(beep)hes to jack up gas prices - Shell is already about the highest around anyway.
Danette August 14, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I never try called and I live in shell oil backyard.....WOW!
Danette August 14, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Oops...I never get a call....
Tony Semenza August 14, 2012 at 07:38 PM
For all you folks who are looking for information on how to shelter-in-place or how the Community Warning System works contact CAER (Community Awareness Emergency Response). Please call us at 925-313-9296 and we would be glad to talk to you about it so that you get a better understanding of how and when alerts go out and what to do when that happens.

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