A Prison Officer was arrested by officers of the Arouca Police Station on Monday, as a suspect in an arson case.

According to the police, a woman reported that sometime before lunchtime on Monday, her son, a 48-year-old prison officer, allegedly entered her bedroom and attempted to light a fire to a cloth.

When he was told not to, he left and returned with a bottle of a flammable liquid and began throwing it all over the house.

The woman told the police, the prison officer then took a lighter and lit the house on fire.

The woman ran out of the house.

Fire officers visited the scene and were able to extinguish the fire. The eastern bedroom, walls, ceiling and appliances were damaged. The prison officer was arrested.

Enquiries are continuing.