Girl, 16, nabbed for suspected mischief by fire

Online screengrab showing Block 34 Circuit Road. Authorities were alerted to the fire at the void deck of the HDB block at around 3.30am on Saturday (Dec 29).
Online screengrab showing Block 34 Circuit Road. Authorities were alerted to the fire at the void deck of the HDB block at around 3.30am on Saturday (Dec 29).PHOTO: GOOGLE MAPS

A 16-year-old girl has been arrested for her suspected involvement in mischief by fire, the police said in a statement yesterday.

The authorities were alerted to the fire at the void deck of Block 34 Circuit Road around 3.30am last Saturday.

The Straits Times understands that she had set fire to a mattress at the void deck.

No injuries were reported.

Officers from Bedok Police Division established the identity of the teenager through ground inquiries and with the aid of camera footage.

They arrested her around Block 65 Circuit Road last Saturday.

According to preliminary investigations, the girl is believed to be involved in other similar cases of mischief by fire.

It is believed that the teenager also set fire to a dustbin at the void deck of Block 36 and a broom on the 14th floor of the same block.

Those convicted of mischief by fire with intent to cause damage to property can be jailed for up to seven years, or fined.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 31, 2018, with the headline 'Girl, 16, nabbed for suspected mischief by fire'. Print Edition | Subscribe