Brief Fire at Shell Refinery Contained

Monday, Aug 13, 2012  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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Brief Fire at Shell Refinery Contained

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The Contra Costa County Health Services reported a fire at Shell Refinery in Martinez Monday afternoon. The fire is now out and the health advisory has been lifted. "There will be some flaring, but with no offsite impacts."

There was never a shelter in place. There was a false alarm for a fire at this facility last week.

A Shell spokesperson said there was a fire at the refinery at 2 p.m. It was extinguished by 2:10 by crews on scene.  The fire was in the light Oil processing unit. All personnel were evacuated and the accounted for. Crews continued to put water on the fire. They are mopping up new.

The alert has been downgraded to a level 1 from a level 2.

The original note -- now canceled -- is below:

HazMat staff are responding to a fire at the Shell Refinery in Martinez. The fire is causing a small amount of smoke. There is no shelter-in-place but people with pre-existing respiratory issues such as asthma should avoid the area. More info will be updated as it becomes available.

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