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Fire erupts at Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif.

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Firefighters douse a flame at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, California, on August 6, 2012. A fire struck the core of Chevron Corp's large Richmond refinery on Monday evening, sending flames and a column of smoke into the air and prompting authorities to order nearby residents indoors.

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Chevron oil refinery on fire in Richmond, Calif. seen from San Fransisco bay.

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Firefighters attack a blaze that erupted at a Chevron oil refinery in Richmond, Calif.

Residents living near Richmond, California, are being told to stay inside and shut their windows after a fire erupted at a Chevron oil refinery. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

NBC News reports: A fire erupted around 6:30 p.m. Monday night at one of the processing units at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, Calif.

A "level 3" shelter in place order was issued, NBCBayArea.com reported. Residents in Richmond, North Richmond and San Pablo were advised to go indoors and close all windows and doors. Read the full story here.