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Report Blames Poor Safety Protocols For Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire That Sent 15,000 To Hospital

POINT RICHMOND (CBS/AP) -- Federal investigators say a 2012 fire at a Chevron refinery in Point Richmond was the result of shortcomings in the company's safety culture and gaps in regulatory guidelines.

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says in a final draft report released Thursday the fire that stemmed from a corroded pipe at Chevron's refinery was magnified by the inadequate response by company emergency crews.

READ: Draft Final Investigation Report

WATCH: Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire Animation

Animation of Fire at Chevron's Richmond Refinery, August 6, 2012 by USCSB on YouTube

Investigators listed in a 132-page report a series of missteps by the refinery that led to the blaze.

They include the failure in the 10 years before the August 2012 fire to follow recommendations to inspect and upgrade vulnerable piping systems that eventually ruptured.

The fire prompted more than 15,000 people to seek treatment for respiratory problems.

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