The fire at the cleaners spread to the clothing on the conveyor system but was kept in check by a sprinkler system until firefighters arrived on the scene and got inside to keep the fire from going further.
Four engines, two trucks and one battalion chief were called to the commercial strip mall in the 5600 block of Stoneridge Drive at about 5:47 p.m., according to a news release from the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.
"On arrival there was heavy smoke coming from the dry cleaning business," the release said. "Fire damage was confined to the dry cleaners, while water and smoke damage was spread to all store fronts in the strip mall."
LPFD Battalion Chief Jack Neiman-Kimel said the building received minimal damage, but the dry cleaning machines and "several hundred pieces of clothing" were damaged.
Smoke had spread into all the nearby businesses, and the businesses on either side of the dry cleaners sustained water damage from the sprinkler system.
An employee from the cleaners suffered from smoke inhalation and was taken to ValleyCare Medical Center. No firefighters were injured.