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HOUGANG FLAT GOES UP IN FLAMES, FAMILY ENDS UP “HOMELESS” AS WOMAN APPEALS FOR DONATIONS

In the quiet neighborhood of Hougang, a devastating fire on the morning of January 19th has left a 25-year-old hospital case manager, Tan Ying Jie, grappling with the aftermath.

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The flames, which erupted around 9 am, ruthlessly consumed her family’s HDB flat, inflicting significant damages that insurance coverage can only partially mitigate.

The Devastating Fire

The incident unfolded tragically, with the fire engulfing the contents of the house, leaving Ms. Tan with a daunting task of rebuilding. The insurance payout, estimated between S$3,000 to S$4,000, barely scratches the surface, covering damages limited to water and electricity pipes.

The extensive restoration required, including repairs to the service balcony, kitchen, and bathroom, far surpasses the financial assistance provided by insurance.

Financial Struggles

Compounding the issue is Ms. Tan’s role as the sole breadwinner of her household. Faced with the responsibility of restoring her family’s home, she has had to tap into her monthly paycheck and take a bank loan to alleviate some of the exorbitant expenses. The financial strain is palpable, underscoring the challenges individuals may face even with insurance coverage.

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Breaking down the renovation expenses reveals the scale of the challenge ahead. The service balcony, kitchen, and bathroom are just the tip of the iceberg. Ms. Tan finds herself in a position where the burden of restoration is not just emotional but also a substantial financial challenge, calling for external support.

Public Appeal

In a heartfelt plea, Ms. Tan has taken to the public, appealing for donations to raise an additional S$10,000 to S$15,000. This financial aid aims to facilitate the extensive renovations needed for her family’s home. The call for support from the community is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the innate desire to help those in need.

As the restoration process unfolds, Ms. Tan’s family members are dispersed across various temporary accommodations. Her mother, brother, helper, and dog find shelter at her brother’s friend’s house, while Ms. Tan herself seeks refuge at a friend’s place. Her grandmother, awaiting transfer to a transitional care facility, remains at the hospital, highlighting the challenging circumstances her family is navigating.

For those willing to extend a helping hand, Ms. Tan can be reached through her Instagram account here.

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