A fire that broke out at a Livermore market early Saturday morning caused an estimated $300,000 in damage.
Michael Miller, Battalion Chief of the Livermore–Pleasanton Fire Department LPFD, said when firefighters arrived at the commercial structure at First and Maple streets at 4:07 a.m. smoke was visible from the eaves of the multiple unit strip mall.
Crews found fire in the far left side of the building that was occupied by the Ramirez Market at 124 Maple St., but the fire had extended to the attic area of the building and was threatening the business next door.
Miller said crews encountered a large amount of storage that had to be removed so they could gain access to extinguish the fire. The fire was under control by 5 a.m. and was confined to the market with minimal damage to the other businesses.
The LPFD remained on the scene until 8 a.m. to mop-up and overhaul the building.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage is estimated at $300,000.
Miller said the Ramirez Market sustained heavy fire and smoke damage and is now closed. The other shops in the strip mall are open.
The LPFD received assistance from Alameda County Fire and Livermore Police departments, Paramedics Plus Ambulance and PG&E.