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Investigator says Chevron refinery fire ‘near disaster’ for workers

RICHMOND, Calif. – More than a dozen workers were nearly killed when the vapor cloud that sparked Monday’s massive Chevron refinery fire engulfed them as they worked on a leaky, four-decades-old pipe that the oil giant had not replaced during a round of maintenance last year, federal investigators said Saturday.
The team of U.S. Chemical Safety Board investigators painted a frightening picture of the seconds after the pipe released a 600-degree “gas-oil” liquid that created a highly flammable vapor cloud that quickly engulfed Chevron employees who were examining the pipe. In revealing these new details, they called it one ...


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