CFD: Apartment Fire Appears to be Accidental

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — 32 residents are displaced, after a fire destroyed their apartment building over the weekend.

It happened at the Hamilton Pointe apartment complex on Saturday.

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Chattanooga firefighters say it appears to be accidental, but they’re still investigating.

The fire started in a bottom unit of the 1800 building.

The flames quickly spread, destroying that part of the complex.

Several pets, including dogs and a rabbit, died in the fire.

Several families lost everything they owned.

The American Red Cross says the best way to help them, is to give a monetary donation.

“We do over 250 fires every year, and the most efficient way for us to help those families is through a financial donation to the Red Cross at redcross.org,” said Julia Wright, the American Red Cross.

The Hamilton Pointe apartment complex is also taking donations for displaced residents all week.

They’re accepting clothing, canned food items, cash, and gift cards.

Their front office hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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You can watch Emily Cassulo weeknights on News 12 Now at 6 and Prime News at 7 with John Mercer. Emily also does stories on different tech products and issues for Tech Byte, which airs Mondays on News 12 Now. She joined the WDEF news team in September 2016 from News 12’s sister station in Columbus, Mississippi, where she worked as an anchor, producer and reporter. Emily is no stranger to the Volunteer State. Before moving to Mississippi, she worked at WBBJ-TV, covering crime and severe weather throughout West Tennessee. She loves living in Chattanooga, and exploring what the Scenic City has to offer. Emily is a Florida native, graduating from the University of Central Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism and minor in political science. While in college, Emily worked part-time as a reporter/web producer at News/Talk 96.5 WDBO. She broke her first news story there, which made national headlines, and covered the 2010 Central Florida congressional elections and the high-profile Casey Anthony trial. When she’s not busy reporting, Emily enjoys shopping, reading, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends. Feel free to e-mail her at ecassulo@wdef.com if you have any story ideas or just want to say ‘Hi.’