Hamilton Pointe accepting donations for residents; fire appears to be accidental, authorities say

Chattanooga firefighters work to contain a blaze at the Hamilton Pointe Apartments on East Brainerd Road on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. / Photo provided by the Chattanooga Fire Department

Hamilton Pointe Apartments will be accepting donations this week and next to help 32 residents who were displaced after a Saturday fire destroyed 16 apartment units.

Apartment staff members are accepting any personal or home items such as clothing, shoes, furniture, toiletries, baby clothes and more. They will disseminate the items to the residents.

Those dropping off donations are asked to call when heading to drop off items. An employee will arrange the drop-off and meet donors at the garage where items are being stored. Hamilton Pointe can be reached at 423-499-4444. Monetary donations also are being accepted in the complex's office at 6574 E. Brainerd Road.

The Red Cross is assisting the residents who lost their homes.

"We are still working with each individual family to assist them in their recovery plan," according to a statement from the American Red Cross - Tennessee Region.