RICHMOND (KCBS)— Chevron opened a second help center in Richmond on Wednesday so residents could file medical claims resulting from the August 6th refinery fire.

The new claims center located at North Richmond Community Heritage Senior Apartments on 1555 Fred Jackson Way is open until Friday, August 24th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The original help center at the Nevin Community Center will remain open until Saturday August, 25th. After that, all new claims must be submitted by phone.

Several people waited in line on Wednesday to file a new claim.

KCBS’ Jeffrey Schaub Reports:

Chevron has said that it will reimburse people with valid medical claims and that over 1,000 people have done so thus far.

The Reverend Kenneth Davis was on hand at the community center and warned people that they may have problems down the road.

“They want to give people $80, $100, $200. What is that? You fill one prescription and it’s gone and we’re still left in bad shape and left with a lifetime of illness,” Rev. Davis said.

Ayza, who has asthma, went to the hospital after the refinery fire and is not happy.

“I feel like they don’t care about us over here. That’s what I feel. I feel that they think that we’re low-income. they don’t think half of us work and you know they have that assumption—we’re on welfare, this and that,” she said.

Shelly showed up because she wants reimbursement for her medical bills. She said she’s happy for the opening of the second center

“I think it’s great because a lot of people didn’t know how to file a claim,” she said.

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