Police Probe Razed Crib Outside St Michael’s Church

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Police investigating fire that razed a crib placed outside St Michael’s Church in Ipoh by the Orang Asli community.

Fire razed a gazebo – a temporary structure made of wood and palm leaves – outside St Michael’s Church in Jalan Sultan Idris Shah on Sept 29, a day before the church celebrated the feast of its patron saint.

The incident, however, did not affect the following day’s celebrations.

The crib was built two years ago by members of the Orang Asli community who attend the church.

The wooden structure with an attap roof to show how the Orang Asli lived, the crib was a gift to the church and was used during the Christmas season when church authorities placed statues inside to signify the birth of Christ.

At the time of the fire, which is believed to have been spotted at about 4am, the crib was empty.

Ipoh OCPD Asst Comm Sum Chang Keong said two officers were dispatched from the Pekan Baru police station after a call about the incident was received, The Star reported.

“When we arrived we were informed by the Fire and Rescue Department that the fire had been reduced to embers by the time firemen arrived,” he said yesterday.

He added that police are waiting for a full report from the Fire and Rescue Department on the cause of the blaze.

“We have already recorded the statements of the caller and a few witnesses, including a priest from the church.

“We have yet to determine what time the fire occurred, or whether there are any elements of foul play,” Sum was quoted as saying.