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Lawsuit accuses Chevron of gross negligence in refinery fire

Last week’s explosion at a Richmond, Calif. plant sent more than 9,000 people to the hospital

Three attorneys hit Chevron Corp. with the first lawsuit in connection with last week’s extensive refinery fire in Richmond, Calif.

On Aug. 6, a leaky 40-year-old pipe reportedly allowed a dense vapor cloud to envelop a section of the refinery and subsequently ignite. The resulting cloud of black smoke sent more than 9,000 people to nearby hospitals with complaints including headaches, seizures and respiratory problems.

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