SINGAPORE: A 41-year-old Singaporean man was charged in court on Saturday (Oct 15) for causing a fire that ravaged a wet market and two coffee shops in Jurong West, leaving stallholders in a limbo over their livelihoods.
The court heard that Lim Ying Siang had set fire to styrofoam boxes at the market, knowing it would likely cause destruction.
Police arrested Lim on Thursday after two days of investigations. Lim, who is charged with the offence of committing mischief by fire with the intent to destroy a building, could face imprisonment for life or jail of up to 10 years and also a fine.
He is remanded for a week to assist in further investigations and recovery of evidence. His case will be heard again on Oct 21.
The fire, which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning, had destroyed a wet market at Blk 493 and two nearby coffee shops in Jurong West Street 41. A total of 51 stallholders were affected by the incident.
The fire engulfed both a coffee shop and wet market when SCDF arrived. (Photo: SCDF Facebook page)
Meanwhile, affected stallholders have been offered help. Authorities have given them a choice of nearly 50 market and food stalls that they can relocate to and resume business within a month. Some of the stalls are within the vicinity.
Authorities are also evaluating the feasibility of having a temporary market nearby and channelling their efforts to rebuild the market at the original site.