GAINESVILLE - A late night fire Monday damaged a house on Springview Road off Thompson Bridge Road.<br />
Gainesville Fire Department spokesman Keith Smith said the call came in about 11:45.<br />
"Personnel moved quickly to extinguish the fire," Smith said. "The Fire Marshal says it looks like the fire may have started in the laundry room but his investigation will continue today (Tuesday)."<br />
Smith added there was fire damage to the laundry room and the attic. <br />
He said there were four people living in the house and they will be staying with family until repairs can be made. The damage was placed at around $25,000.
Minority leaders from the Latino and African-American communities of Gainesville met to form an alliance last week against Gainesville's at-large voting system, and that group staged an official protest at Tuesday night's Gainesville city council meeting.