Fire crews investigate suspicious house fire in south Nashville

Fire crews investigate suspicious house fire in south Nashville (Image 1)

Fire crews were called to a suspicious house fire in south Nashville Friday morning.

The fire was reported around 7 a.m. at a home in the 4000 block of Providence Place Lane, near Paragon Mills Park.

Officials told Nashville's News 2 a father and his two daughters were leaving the house to go to school shortly before an explosion occurred in the home's basement, sparking a fire.

Officials said the father was double checking the locks on the door when the explosion happened.

“Emotionally, I think we are all traumatized, but physically we are fine,” said 16-year-old Hana Sadun, who lives in the home.

Authorities reported the impact was strong enough to blow down a privacy fence and catch the house next door on fire.

No one was injured.

The fire from the explosion was small and was out quickly. Damage was mostly contained to the interior of the home.

Family members believe they may have been targeted because they are Muslim.

“I'm hoping that the police can make us feel safe again in our own home because right now I don't feel safe inside my house,” said Sadun.

The investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the Fire Marshall. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are monitoring the investigation.

No further details were immediately released.

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