Chevron Fire Pushes Up Gas Prices

The fire at Chevron's refinery causes gas prices to rise.

Gas prices in California rose Tuesday, following a fire at Chevron's massive oil refinery in Richmond the evening before.

 The refinery, which processes 240,000 barrels of oil a day, shut down its crude unit following the fire, according to Bloomberg News. 
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.

 [View the story "Fire Erupts at Richmond Refinery" on Storify]

Fire Erupts at Richmond Refinery

A fire was reported around 6:30 p.m. Monday one of the processing units at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

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
RT @brondmo: Huge fire in Richmond, CA. Looks like it's at the refinery.
BART stopping at El Cerrito not going to Richmond MT @mikejcorey: Pretty bad refinery fire in Richmond...”Coulter Jones
RT @b0bm0rgan: Massive explosions and fire at Chevron refinery in my hometown of Richmond. Amato
Fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, with smoke reaching Pinole now.
RT @HossfeldVyrds: You can see flames from here and huge plumes of smoke #Chevron Oil Refinery fire in Richmond , view from #napa
Two huge flames. Chevron refinery fire in Richmond, CA. Hartley
RT @LRiddellSF: Chevron refinery on fire. McNiece
Richmond Refinery fire!
The refinery is on fire in Richmond. Look how close I am. Pray for us Brown
RT @JJJ: #sfsmoke Chevron refinery fire in Richmond - Smoke 3000 feet high Morris
Major fire at Chevron refinery in Richmond, viewable from my deck. Landau

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