SINGAPORE - She saw a small group, including some police officers, gathering at the bottom of the HDB block where she was renting a room, but didn't think much of it.
But when Ms Deng Hui failed to contact her husband on his mobile phone, she began to worry.
Fearing the worst, she went downstairs and discovered that her husband, Mr Wang Tao, had fallen 14 storeys to his death.
The incident happened on Saturday at 3.30pm at Block 213, Toa Payoh Lorong 8.
Mr Wang Tao, 26, was from China and had been working in Singapore for about two years.
Two months ago, he was assigned to the block for construction works for the lift upgrading programme, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported.
His wife works in Singapore at a hotel.
The couple reportedly live apart as they are unable to afford to rent a place together. Mr Wang lived in a dormitory in Changi.
It is believed that he was tasked to do welding works with a co-worker that day and had gone to the upper storeys. Later, when his colleague was unable to reach him on his mobile, he looked down and saw that Mr Wang had fallen.
Shin Min Daily News reported that the netting from the 14th floor to the 11th floor of Block 213 was torn, possibly during Mr Wang's fall.
Residents The New Paper spoke to reported hearing a loud sound. They said that the weather was fine, even though it had been raining the last few days.
A woman who frequently visits the block where her sister lives and who wanted to be known only as Madam Hiong, told TNP that the construction workers would always be wearing their helmets and safety belts.
Ms Deng told Lianhe Wanbao: "I see my husband about three times a week at the block and he would always be wearing his safety belt and helmet. I don't believe that at that point he wasn't wearing his safety gear."