Teenager accused of setting fire to a mosque with a barbecue lighter claims it was accidental

Teenager claims huge fire at London mosque 'was accidental, despite starting it with barbecue lighter'

The fire took place 2015

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A teenager from Walton-on-Thames used a barbecue lighter to start a fire which caused £7 million of damage to a mosque, a court has heard.

The 16-year-old appeared in court on Wednesday (February 8), but claims that the fire was started accidentally, Court News UK reported.

The boy has been charged with arson with intent to endanger life, after he allegedly caused the huge fire at the Baitul Futuh Mosque, London in 2015, according to the Surrey Comet.

He was also charged with arson to the value of £6,078,311.73. At the time of the incident, he was 14 years old and was arrested the day after the fire.

Plumes of smoke could be seen for miles as a team of 70 fire fighters and 10 engines battled to quell the blaze. Their efforts prevented it from spreading to the library or main part of the mosque.

Despite devastating damage, the mosque was able to reopen a week later.

The boy previously appeared at Wimbledon Youth Court last month, but did not enter any pleas. He was then released on bail, before reappearing in court today.