Resident charged with arson after fire set at Antioch group home

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man angry with his family set fire to his bedroom inside an Antioch group home, as staff members tried to kick down the door and extinguish the flames, according to an arrest warrant.

The Nashville Fire Department responded around 10:15 p.m. to a residence on Barella Drive, off Interstate 24, for reports of a fire.

When firefighters arrived, they said they could see smoke coming from the front door of the home, as 24-year-old Lorenzo Sebastian sat in a chair on the front porch.

Lorenzo Sebastian (Courtesy: Nashville Fire Department)

An arrest warrant alleges Sebastian had become angry after a phone conversation with his family, so he locked his bedroom door and set fire to the bed.

When staff members smelled smoke and heard the smoke alarm, they attempted to break down the door, but were unsuccessful, the fire department said.

Firefighters said Sebastian eventually emerged from his room after the smoke became too heavy for him to stay inside.

There were four people inside the group home, which had heat and smoke damage throughout the building, but no injuries were reported, according to fire investigators.

When Sebastian was questioned, investigators said he admitted to previously setting “at least five fires,” all of which were outside of Tennessee.

Sebastian was arrested and booked into the Metro jail Tuesday morning on a charge of felony arson. His bond was set at $50,000.

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