Man arrested in connection with fire set at St Hilda's Church

St Hilda’s Church in Ceylon Road is seen when it was earmarked for conservation.
St Hilda’s Church in Ceylon Road is seen when it was earmarked for conservation.PHOTO: ST FILE

A 60-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fire set at St Hilda's Church early on Sunday, the Singapore Police Force said in a statement early this morning (April 17).

The Singapore Civil Defence Force received a call at about 7 am on April 16 stating that there was black smoke coming out from the roof of the church at 41 Ceylon Rd.

The SCDF despatched 2 Fire Engines, 1 Red Rhino, 2 Fire Bikes, an ambulance and 2 support vehicles.

The fire involved some books inside a room on the second floor, the police force said. It was confined to the room and extinguished quickly by SCDF using a compressed air foam system. There were no reported injuries.

The man arrested in connection to the case , who has not yet been named, will be charged in court on Tuesday (April 18) for the offence of mischief by fire, which carries a life imprisonment or an imprisonment term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to fine.

Police said their investigations are continuing.