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Shell refinery fire put out in Martinez

Vivian Ho: Updated 9:12 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2012

A small fire broke out in the light oil processing unit at the Shell refinery in Martinez but was quickly put out Monday, a spokeswoman for the refinery said.

It was the second refinery fire in a week in the Bay Area, still jittery from the big Aug. 6 blaze at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.

The Shell fire began at about 2 p.m. and was knocked down at about 2:15 p.m. by Shell fire crews, said Erin Hallissy, a spokeswoman for the refinery.

The cause is under investigation.

Vivian Ho is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @VivianHo and its sister websites,,,,, and are all owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia article.

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