Fire in Tampines flat; woman, 46, arrested

A 46-year-old woman has been arrested for setting fire to the main gate and door of an HDB flat in Tampines yesterday morning, the police said in a press release.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) was alerted to the fire at Block 240, Tampines Street 21, at about 6.35am.

The Straits Times understands that the fire, which broke out in a fifth-floor rental unit, started from a storage cabinet.

Three women, aged between 19 and 31, were taken to Changi General Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. They are said to be Malaysians - two air stewardesses and an engineer.

The police arrested the suspect within 10 hours of the report. Preliminary investigations showed that one of the residents in the unit was a former tenant of the suspect who had moved out earlier this year, causing her to be disgruntled.

She will be charged today with mischief by fire. Anyone found guilty can be jailed up to seven years, and fined.

The fire which broke out in a fifth-floor rental unit in Tampines is believed to have started from a storage cabinet. It was put out by the SCDF with the use of a water jet.
The fire which broke out in a fifth-floor rental unit in Tampines is believed to have started from a storage cabinet. It was put out by the SCDF with the use of a water jet. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2017, with the headline 'Fire in Tampines flat; woman, 46, arrested'. Print Edition | Subscribe