Fire in Hougang flat: Neighbour said she burned incense paper at odd hours

Fire in Hougang flat: Neighbour said she burned incense paper at odd hours
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SINGAPORE - She had just lost her husband to cancer about two weeks ago.

And yesterday morning, a fire broke out in a bedroom of their four-room HDB flat in Hougang.

The 50-year-old woman, known to her neighbours as "Ah Kat", was found unconscious in the kitchen.

She is warded in Singapore General Hospital.

A neighbour, Ms Janet Loh, 57, who works in sales, told The New Paper in Mandarin: "I was at home and could smell some smoke, but I wasn't sure where it was coming from until another neighbour knocked on our door to alert us."

She lives with her elder brother's family of four and her parents in the unit that was just next to Ah Kat's.

Ms Loh went over to check on Ah Kat, but there was no answer.

Since her husband's death, Ah Kat has been burning incense papers at odd hours of the day, Ms Loh said. Previously, the widow would also do so on the first and 15th day of the Chinese lunar calendar.

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She added that Ah Kat did not get along with the neighbours.

Ms Loh said: "She'd destroy our potted plants and often got into arguments with the others so often that most of us just avoid her."

But she felt sorry for the childless widow.

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