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UPDATE: Refinery Fire Contained

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Chevron officials say a fire at refinery in the San Francisco Bay area has been contained.
    
Company spokeswoman Heather Kulp said late Monday the fire was contained, but she could not say when firefighters would be able to put the fire out.
    
Even with the blaze contained, smoke continued to pour from the facility in Richmond. The fire started Monday evening, sending flames with thick black smoke out of at least two refinery stacks and over Richmond and San Pablo, about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco.
    
Kulp says officials are trying to determine what caused the fire.

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Previous Coverage:

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Residents in two Northern California cities are being told to shelter-in-place because of a fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond.
    
An official with the Contra Costa County Health Services says the fire, first reported at 6:40 p.m. Monday, is burning in a process unit at the facility. It is emitting black smoke over the cities of Richmond and San Pablo.
    
Randy Sawyer says it's not known what sparked the blaze. No injuries have been reported.
    
An automated phone message sent out by the health agency says that there was an emergency at the refinery.
    
Television shots show large flames with thick black smoke coming out of at least two refinery stacks at the facility.

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