Shelter in Place Area Reduced After Richmond Tanker Fire

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Eastbound lanes of Interstate Highway 80 in Richmond reopened to traffic shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday, but westbound lanes remain closed for a few more hours while crews offload fuel from a tanker that caught fire, officials said.

The blaze was reported shortly before 11 a.m., when flames were seen coming from the engine compartment of the double-tanker on westbound I-80 near Hilltop Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both directions of the freeway were closed and a Sig-alert was issued.

An earlier evacuation order was lifted, but a shelter-in-place remains in effect from Wiswall Drive between Joanne Drive and O'Brien Road and on Collette Drive between Wiswall Drive and O'Brien Road.

Residents can return home and are asked to go inside, and close all windows and doors.

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