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Update: Brentwood arson incident being investigated by BPD, TBI

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Bonbrook firebomb

A family home in Brentwood’s Bonbrook neighborhood suffered fire damage from someone throwing some type of incendiary device at the house. 

The Brentwood Police and Fire and Rescue departments and agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) are investigating an incident that occurred during the early morning hours Saturday at 9606 Brunswick Drive in Brentwood’s Bonbrook neighborhood.

According to a release issued by the BPD, the homeowners discovered landscaping in front of their home on fire around 3 a.m. The Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department responded and extinguished the fire. 

The homeowner, Heather Williams, posted on Nextdoor Saturday in hopes a neighbor might have information to help police catch the suspect. 

“We are lucky to be alive,” she posted. “Please stay safe.

“We have no yard signs or bumper stickers and are a friendly family. This appears to be a random act of extreme violence. Please keep your eyes open and ears to the ground. 

“We are in constant prayer for the safety of our community.” 

Security system video from homes in the area show the fire was started from something being launched or thrown into the landscaping. The fire was contained to the landscaping, and no one was injured. The home sustained no damage.  

According to BPD Assistant Chief of Police Richard Hickey, they are confident the incendiary device was not a firebomb or molotov cocktail, and while the family living at the address is African American, they do not know the motive behind the incident or whether it was a hate crime. A suspect has not been identified.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is aware of the incident and is currently monitoring the investigation.  

Anyone with any information to share with police are urged to call the non-emergency line at 615-371- 0160 or email

This is a developing story.

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