FLOWERY BRANCH - No one was hurt as a mid-morning fire caused heavy damage to a garage in Flowery Branch Tuesday.<br />
Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle said the remainder of the 1800 square foot two-story rental house on Deer Ridge Court sustained smoke damage. He said damage estimates were between $175,000 and $65,000.<br />
Cagle said it appears the fire started on the back wall of the garage. Investigators believe it was accidental.<br />
One person was home at the time of the 9:06 a.m. fire.
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.