As of midday Tuesday, the price of a gallon of gas gained 23 cents on futures markets, according to Bloomberg. "These increases will be passed along to retail pumps at California and gas stations as far north as Seattle," expert Bob van de Valk told the news agency.
A vapor leak of hydrocarbons began in the crude unit at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, which then increased and ignited at 6:30 p.m. burning for about five hours.
Richmond residents were told to shelter in place and some residents checked into emergency rooms complaining of breathing issues, but no injuries were reported.
People from around the Bay Area took photos of what they could see. Here is a collection of some of their images.
Storified by NBC Bay Area · Mon, Aug 06 2012 19:21:00
#chevron #richmond refinery fire 7:10 pm from Arlington B El Cerrito #TwitPict http://twitpic.com/agdko6su02420
RT @brondmo: Huge fire in Richmond, CA. Looks like it's at the refinery. http://pic.twitter.com/T6awg2K7linda_her
BART stopping at El Cerrito not going to Richmond MT @mikejcorey: Pretty bad refinery fire in Richmond... http://pic.twitter.com/6WvKuDE1”Coulter Jones
RT @b0bm0rgan: Massive explosions and fire at Chevron refinery in my hometown of Richmond. http://pic.twitter.com/U71j5nqeDavid Amato
Fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, with smoke reaching Pinole now. http://pic.twitter.com/38ZUEf0kEther
RT @HossfeldVyrds: You can see flames from here and huge plumes of smoke #Chevron Oil Refinery fire in Richmond , view from #napa http://yfrog.com/hs920frjroberrt
Two huge flames. Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, CA. http://pic.twitter.com/M8cBeIzIHillary Hartley
RT @LRiddellSF: Chevron refinery on fire. http://pic.twitter.com/ekq8CH1ZCaleb McNiece