Elderly neighbour sets retiree’s bedsheet, that had been hung out to dry, on fire

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The picture above shows all that is left of 74-year-old Mr Teo’s bedsheet, which he had hung outside his kitchen window to dry.

The retiree was in the living room of his flat in 8 Boon Keng Road on Wednesday (18 Oct) when he smelled something burning. When he looked out his window, he was shocked to find his bedsheet in flames.

Mr Teo told the Chinese daily:

“When I saw the fire, I quickly fetched some water to put it out. Luckily nothing else was burnt.”

Thinking that the fire must’ve been the handiwork of his neighbour who lives one level above, Mr Teo marched up to confront her.

He claims that the neighbour, 86-year-old Mdm Wong, refused to say anything regarding the incident – until Mr Teo called the police to the scene.

Mdm Wong finally admitted to setting the sheet on fire and retorted that she did so because she was angry that Mr Teo’s bedsheet was blocking her view:

 

“The upstairs neighbour always hangs his bedsheet to dry outside, blocking my window and the sunlight. I told him many times about this and to stop doing it but he refused to listen. That made me very angry.
“That day I saw the bedsheet blocking my window again and I got angry so I took a lighter, lit it and held it against the bedsheet. I didn’t think the whole thing would catch fire!”

Police investigations are ongoing.

9 COMMENTS

  1. < “That day I saw the bedsheet blocking my window again and I got angry so I took a lighter, lit it and held it against the bedsheet. I didn’t think the whole thing would catch fire!”>
    ****
    The 86-yr old auntie senile?!

  2. “Thinking that the fire must’ve been the handiwork of his neighbour who lives one level BELOW” – there, corrected for you foc.

  3. Many people are forced into doing silly things when faced with such irritations and frustrations. The habit of flat dwellers hanging their laundries outside their homes and causing inconvenience and obstruction to others should also be looked into and discouraged.

    • Totally agree.Who Shld be looking into such issues?Who is managing the estate?Rules are set but are they(Authorities,town council)looking into such issues?Obviously not,tt is why HDB resident are driven to such frustrations n taking matter into their own hands.
      If The authorities had stood firm on the misuse of common area then such issue wld not have happen.They Shld work something out wif all the grassroots members,RC members n Town council n go round to check n clear up the common area.
      Have seen area where resident are given a plot to do community garden which MP encourage.Its a sore eye to see the entice area wif each having an area planting their own n leaving a mess ard the area.Wat make it worst is tt it turn out to be each individual claiming the plot to be their own.Is this still call community gardening n kampong spirit?.To me, it’s just creating more dispute among residents n also a mess for other resident to bear wif.Seen lots at Tampines area.esp in the west n central area.Huge red ants are seen running on railing n all over the ground area.Yet nothing is done.Is this managing the estate well?Residents’ feedback on TC facebk aren’t taken seriously,no reply,no follow up.
      Who Shld be looking into such issue??

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