St Hilda’s Church at 41 Ceylon Road was blazed by a fire in a room on the second floor on Sunday morning (16 April).
The police said the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) had received a report of black smoke coming from the roof of the Anglican church around 7am and it dispatched two fire engines, two fire bikes, a Red Rhino, and two support vehicles. It also sent an ambulance to the location. There were no reported injuries.
The police said the blaze involved some books in a room on the second floor, and did not spread to other parts of the church. Firefighters were able to quickly put out the fire using a compressed air foam system.
A 60-year-old man suspected of intentionally causing the fire has been arrested and police investigations are ongoing, the police said.
The man will be charged in court on Tuesday for mischief by fire; if convicted he could face up to 10 years or life’s imprisonment and a fine.
St Hilda’s is an Anglican church of the Diocese of Singapore; it was founded in 1934.