Teenager allegedly set fire to plastic chairs, assisting with police investigations

The authorities were alerted to the fire at a tentage located at Block 508 West Coast Drive around 10.45pm on June 5, 2019.
The authorities were alerted to the fire at a tentage located at Block 508 West Coast Drive around 10.45pm on June 5, 2019.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS READER

SINGAPORE - A 14-year-old boy is being investigated for allegedly setting fire to plastic chairs, the police said in a statement on Thursday (June 6).

The authorities were alerted to the fire at a tentage located at Block 508 West Coast Drive around 10.45pm on Wednesday.

There were no injuries or casualties reported.

Officers from Clementi Police Division established the identity of the suspect with the aid of images from police cameras.

Preliminary investigations found that the teenager is believed to have set fire to plastic chairs placed at the tentage area.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said that the fire was extinguished using one hose reel jet.

According to Chinese-language paper Shin Min Daily News, the tentage was set up for an event that a nearby temple was due to hold from Friday.

Photos of the scene showed that part of the tentage had been burned, and some of the red plastic chairs placed on the basketball court were melted by the fire.

A representative from the temple, Mr Lim, told Shin Min that more than 400 chairs were damaged.

The police are investigating the incident.

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