Fire officers at the scene of the fire in downtown Port of Spain on Tuesday 29 December 2020. (Image: ABRAHAM DIAZ)

The Police Service has confirmed that a 42-year-old Morvant woman is still in police custody assisting detectives with their investigations into a suspected arson attempt in the Port-of-Spain area yesterday.

The woman was held by party of officers attached to the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) who were on a routine patrol in downtown Port-of-Spain when they responded to a distress call about a fire.

A release from the TTPS says when the IATF team arrived at the corner of George Street and Independence Square North, they were approached by a group who reported that they had witnessed a woman going into a nearby building and that they saw her start a fire.

The officers were further advised that the woman was a tenant of the building, who allegedly had gotten into an intense argument concerning her business, which reportedly was vandalized on Tuesday 29th December 2020.  Police officers also learnt that the woman allegedly threatened to “flatten and burn down” the building.

Appliances and personnel from the Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service (TTFS) Headquarters at Wrightson Road arrived shortly after and extinguished the blaze.

IATF officers identified the woman and took her into custody.

Cpl Pino of the Besson Street Criminal Investigations Department is continuing enquiries into the incident.