RICHMOND, Calif. -- 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.

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.

Haney's five assistants were on the sidewalk asking people to fill out paperwork and show proof they had seen a doctor.

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