A public housing estate tenant fighting eviction yesterday threatened to set his home ablaze and leap to his death with his wife and two children. The family's four-hour stand-off with police and firemen began after about 30 Housing Department staff arrived at the 14th-floor flat in Lok Man House, Lok Fu Estate, at about 9 am. Lee Man-biu, 39, locked himself inside with his wife, eight-year-old daughter and son, aged six. He poured diesel oil over the front door and living room and scattered newspapers, threatening to set them alight. Police, firemen and negotiators were called in after the housing workers failed to convince him to come out. A provisional district board member arrived to talk to Mr Lee at about 11.30 am. The Housing Department agreed to postpone the eviction order for a week and the confrontation ended without injury at about 12.30 pm. The row dates back to last year, when the family failed to pay rent between May and July and the Housing Department issued a notice to quit letter. Mr Lee had been living in the flat with his parents and the principal tenant is his 73-year-old mother. Mr Lee, a public light bus driver, said he had given his parents the rent money each month and was not aware of the problem until department staff arrived in March. His parents moved out after disputes last year. Last week, the department ordered the family to move out by yesterday after their appeal failed. All unpaid rent - of $2,330 a month - was settled in March. Housing Department spokesmen said the department would offer help, but the family had to move out.