Aflutter about her clutter

Aflutter about her clutter
Mr Alauddin Rahman has tolerated rubbish from his neighbour, along his corridor, for almost 8 years. He has brought up the matter to HDB, Town Council and even SCDF but nothing has been done.

SINGAPORE - For the past eight years, before going to sleep every night, he worries about his family being trapped if a fire were to suddenly break out.

Mr Alauddin Rahman, 42, points to a pile of rubbish, packed into trolleys and damaged shelves, that lines the common corridor outside his neighbour's flat.

"All her things block my way to the nearest escape route in case of a fire," he said, referring to his elderly neighbour, known as Madam Lily.

Mr Alauddin, who is married with four daughters, aged two to 10, added: "If there is a fire, how can I escape with four young children in tow?"

The property officer said that Madam Lily was already hoarding when he moved into his two-room rental flat at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee eight years ago.

"I don't know how much longer I can tolerate this," he said, pointing out that his neighbour's junk is a fire hazard.

"If someone living upstairs throws a lit cigarette butt, it might land in the corridor and start a fire.

"Her things are so near my unit that I'm scared I'll be trapped in my own home if there is a fire," he said.

He said the pile of rubbish occasionally smells bad.

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