Man arrested for allegedly causing fire at St Hilda's Church

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The police have arrested a 60-year-old man in connection with a fire at St Hilda’s Church.

On Sunday morning (16 April) at about 7am, the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) received a call reporting that there was black smoke coming from the roof at 41 Ceylon Road.

The SCDF dispatched two fire engines, one Red Rhino, two fire bikes, an ambulance and two support vehicles.

The fire was confined to a room on the second floor of the church and involved books.

SCDF extinguished the blaze quickly using a compressed air foam system.

No one was injured, and police investigations are ongoing, said a statement from the police.

The suspect will be charged in court on Tuesday (18 April) for mischief by fire. The maximum punishment for the offence is life imprisonment or up to 10 years’ jail and a fine.