Fire at Hamilton Pointe Apartments leaves 32 displaced
Dozens of families will have to find another place to stay after a fire wiped out sixteen units at the Hamilton Pointe Apartments. Thirty-two residents along with four dogs are receiving Red Cross assistance.
The fire appears to have started in a lower unit and spread to the rest of the building.
Jordan Hawthorne, a soon to be father, stood in the parking lot outside the Hamilton Pointe Apartments as he watched flames destroy his family's home.
"She heard somebody knocking so we rushed to the door. I was trying to see who it was and they said it was a fire so I tried to get as much as I could. The only thing I was able to get was her clothes, our baby's ultrasound. That's it,” Hawthorne tells us.
Neighbors worked together quickly to make sure everyone was safe and out of the building.
"Our neighbor upstairs-- they got out too, but his mother was still inside, he had to rush in and go get her. It was just a lot."
The fire began to spread rapidly from the moment residents received an alert to the time they made it out.
Hawthorne says, "As soon as I walked out the hall to get to the parking lot there was just smoke everywhere."
When crews first arrived, they immediately called for additional support.
Lindsey Rogers, the Chattanooga Fire Department spokeswoman told us, "Crews have worked very hard these past few hours to get this fire under control and we have successfully kept it from spreading to other buildings here in this complex."
While the fire is now under control, residents are left trying to figure out how to cope and move forward.
Hawthorne says, "My girlfriend she's upset, she's crying. She's pregnant with twins. She's struggling right now because we got to start over."
One resident was taken to the hospital due to smoke inhalation but is in stable condition. Investigators are working to determine the cause.