RICHMOND — More than 1,000 people blaming this week's California refinery fire for sore throats and other ailments are asking an attorney to help them get a payout for their suffering from Chevron Corp.
Another 1,000 people that contacted Chevron directly are being helped at a downtown Richmond storefront set up by the San Ramon-based petroleum company.
The San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/NKcm6b ) reports attorney Nick Haney posted a sign two days after Monday's smoky refinery blaze that reads "File Chevron Claims Here."
More than 1,000 people lured by the promise of a few hundred dollars showed up on Wednesday.
They are complaining of coughs, nausea, scratchy throats and psychological trauma.