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There are 39 comments on the SouthFlorida.com story from Jul 31, 2007, titled Man dies after Pompano apartment fire -- South Florida Sun-Sent.... In it, SouthFlorida.com reports that:

A man died following a fire caused by a pot left on the stove Monday evening, authorities said.

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Former Chief

Lansing, MI

#1 Jul 31, 2007
Sounds suspiciously like a successful suicide unfortunately. Been done before. Cooking with the correct ingredients can provide a peaceful passing with payoff by insurance company and is virtually indetectable by FMO/ME.

This tragically places responding fire departments to many risks (not to mention ancillary residents if done in condo development).

It is a very sad situation. Insurance companies are slowly wising up. So now the intended benefits of this sad act are being legally stalled making the whole event pointless.
Rug Plimpkin

Boynton Beach, FL

#2 Jul 31, 2007
RIP
gooba

Boca Raton, FL

#3 Jul 31, 2007
Or, perhaps, he had a heart attack, or a stroke, and the pot started a fire.
antonio

AOL

#4 Jul 31, 2007
Smoke detectors save lives, Why wasn't the building equiped with fire sprinklers? Working smoke detectors saves lives, No Batteries, No surivors, No reason.
gsd

Charlotte, NC

#5 Jul 31, 2007
Former Chief wrote:
Sounds suspiciously like a successful suicide unfortunately. Been done before. Cooking with the correct ingredients can provide a peaceful passing with payoff by insurance company and is virtually indetectable by FMO/ME.
This tragically places responding fire departments to many risks (not to mention ancillary residents if done in condo development).
It is a very sad situation. Insurance companies are slowly wising up. So now the intended benefits of this sad act are being legally stalled making the whole event pointless.
Same situation happened to a neighbor/family friend many years ago. It was an accident - he went to perform some task in another part of the house and unfortunately forgot he was cooking.
Another EXPERT

Miami, FL

#6 Jul 31, 2007
Former Chief wrote:
Sounds suspiciously like a successful suicide unfortunately. Been done before. Cooking with the correct ingredients can provide a peaceful passing with payoff by insurance company and is virtually indetectable by FMO/ME.
This tragically places responding fire departments to many risks (not to mention ancillary residents if done in condo development).
It is a very sad situation. Insurance companies are slowly wising up. So now the intended benefits of this sad act are being legally stalled making the whole event pointless.
WHAT? Payoff to who? He lived alone.He was lonly old man. those old smoke dedectors can be annoying when they are not operating right.
we have left a pot on the stove to long at one time or another.
Former Chief

Lansing, MI

#7 Jul 31, 2007
gsd wrote:
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Same situation happened to a neighbor/family friend many years ago. It was an accident - he went to perform some task in another part of the house and unfortunately forgot he was cooking.
I agree that many times accidents do happen. However the originaal reporting of this incident raised my suspicious nature that there was more to this unfortunate event that merited further investigation.
Neighbor

New London, CT

#8 Jul 31, 2007
I was there when they brough Neil down last night. The fire trucks and about a dozen BSO cars raced to the scene (quite loud). But, after flying to get there the fire fighters too way too long to enter the apartment. There was smoke coming out but I saw no flames. Perhaps (my opinion) if aid was given quicker Neil may have had a chance. I do understand that the fire fighters have to look out for their safety but I feel they dragged their feet on this one
Joe

Elizabethtown, KY

#9 Jul 31, 2007
Mr. Serpa has been arrested numerous times for stalking his ex-girlfriends...maybe she did it???
Hoseman

Hollywood, FL

#10 Jul 31, 2007
Neighbor, can you give a better description of what you witnessed? Radio transmissions tell a different story. It did take a little longer than normal to locate the victim due to a very heavy smoke condition and because the apartment was very cluttered. I am very interested to hear more comments of what you saw.
jonathan serpa

Hollywood, FL

#11 Jul 31, 2007
that guy that died was my dad and im so sad he died just wish he was alive
jonathan serpa

Hollywood, FL

#12 Jul 31, 2007
Joe wrote:
Mr. Serpa has been arrested numerous times for stalking his ex-girlfriends...maybe she did it???
no he was not hes never stalked anybody before and not suicide ok and listen hes a great father and would never kill himself or others and i no as much about him than anyone else and plus he never got aressted only got fined for a couple of parking tickets
Carol Serpa

Hollywood, FL

#13 Jul 31, 2007
Listen to me , all you speculators, because I am the mother of his 11 year old son, and I was married to him, although we are now divorced. What happenned last night was a TRAGEDY. He would never committ suicide because he was committed to his son. He was supposed to come over TODAY to take him to go snorkeling in the Keys. He was looking forward to that, and we just spoke about it last night. He was a wonderful father to his son, and they spent much time together. My son is devastated by his death and I just noticed he posted that message above, that's why I came on here to set the record straight. His only crime was he was a messy guy (how many of you guy aren't?) He probably pulled the darned smoke detector down because it was chirping and neglected to put one up immediately. Hell, I've done that and left the thing hanging there for months before, and I'm a pretty clean person. I'll never do that again, now, but who hasn't?? And as for whoever is talking about his stalking charges has it all wrong. A lesbian in his complex was actually stalking HIM and reporting it the other way around. He didn't need to stalk her and complained of all the times she kept on calling him. I saw the phone records. He was a good looking guy and had no problem getting girls. The only reason he lived alone is was he was committed to spending all the time he could with our son. He said that when Jonathan got older he would look for another woman. The guy was a decent guy, a WONDERFUL father and I am in serious grieving over my ex. How many can say that about their ex ? I respect him for being there for my son and I'll never forget that. That is his legacy, not that he was a sloppy man and forgot to fix his smoke alarm and had a tragic accident. Because that was what it was. Also, he had no insurance. No term life, no homeowners, and I am now stuck with a burnt out apartment and the mortgage that I originally signed on, to deal with. Anyone know of any cheap probate lawyers, because I'm laying out a lot of money to give my son's father the best burial he deserves, for being the best father a son could hope to have. Please honor his memory. THis was a terrible tragedy...I don't know what else to say as I'm in deep mourning over this , as is all his family.
Carol Serpa

Hollywood, FL

#14 Jul 31, 2007
Neighbor wrote:
I was there when they brough Neil down last night. The fire trucks and about a dozen BSO cars raced to the scene (quite loud). But, after flying to get there the fire fighters too way too long to enter the apartment. There was smoke coming out but I saw no flames. Perhaps (my opinion) if aid was given quicker Neil may have had a chance. I do understand that the fire fighters have to look out for their safety but I feel they dragged their feet on this one
THis is his ex wife. I spoke with the next dor neighbor who said that the firefighters had a hard time getting the door open. I also felt concern that they may have taken too long and that's why Neil died. It's just a normal steel door with a normal lock and deal lock. What would be the problem? Don't they have equipment to knock those doors down quickly? I also thought that maybe he might have lived if they could have gotten in a timely manner. DOes anyone know how long it took them to break the door down???
Former Chief

Lansing, MI

#15 Jul 31, 2007
To the Serpa Family,

I am sincerely sorry to learn the details of your loss. When this story was first reported it was in an abstract and I commented as such.

Please accept my apologies as I proffer my sincerest sympathy.
Neighbor

New London, CT

#16 Aug 1, 2007
Hoseman wrote:
Neighbor, can you give a better description of what you witnessed? Radio transmissions tell a different story. It did take a little longer than normal to locate the victim due to a very heavy smoke condition and because the apartment was very cluttered. I am very interested to hear more comments of what you saw.
My wife and I heard the sirens and I looked out my patio and we decided to go out and see what's going on. We could see smoke (no flames) shooting out of the apartment. The fire fighters and sheriff officers were gathered and I said to my wife "I hope no one is in there, because it doesn't seem like they are in a hurry to get inside to look for victims" My wife said "that's strange". We watched and waited... finally after about twenty minutes we seen them bring out Neil on a stretcher. No CPR no nothing until they placed him in the rescue vehicle. I told my wife right there "he's already gone". I believe (my opinion) if they went in the apartment faster, Neil "may have had" a chance to survive. This is based on what I seen at the scene.
Carol Serpa

Hollywood, FL

#17 Aug 1, 2007
Neighbor wrote:
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My wife and I heard the sirens and I looked out my patio and we decided to go out and see what's going on. We could see smoke (no flames) shooting out of the apartment. The fire fighters and sheriff officers were gathered and I said to my wife "I hope no one is in there, because it doesn't seem like they are in a hurry to get inside to look for victims" My wife said "that's strange". We watched and waited... finally after about twenty minutes we seen them bring out Neil on a stretcher. No CPR no nothing until they placed him in the rescue vehicle. I told my wife right there "he's already gone". I believe (my opinion) if they went in the apartment faster, Neil "may have had" a chance to survive. This is based on what I seen at the scene.
To hear what you said sickens me, as he could have been saved. What took them so long? I am going to try to look into it when I get the police and fire reports. THis just sicken me. And to the FOrmer CHief, thanks for the condolonces.
Carol Serpa

Hollywood, FL

#18 Aug 1, 2007
TO NEIGHBOR:
I would like to talk to you as you were an eye witness and I may need that to help my investigation into why it took so long for them to go in. Please e mail me at:
[email protected]
If there was negligence on the FIre Dept end, I want it addressed, so it doesn't happen to anyone else again. I appreciate it so much.
neighbor

New London, CT

#19 Aug 1, 2007
Carol Serpa wrote:
TO NEIGHBOR:
I would like to talk to you as you were an eye witness and I may need that to help my investigation into why it took so long for them to go in. Please e mail me at:
[email protected]
If there was negligence on the FIre Dept end, I want it addressed, so it doesn't happen to anyone else again. I appreciate it so much.
It did happen before, actually about a year ago behind your ex-husband's apartment. Same thing happened kitchen fire.. Me and my wife watched them bring out a man (this time they did CPR on the sidewalk. However he too didn't make it.
Monday night there were LOTS of folks outside watching. I suggest you take a ride over there and talk to people.
Mark

Bronx, NY

#20 Aug 1, 2007
how can they be so sure that the smoke alarm was dismantled and not burned and then broken apart. did they see tools right next to it? who made that determination so quickly. no investigation sounds strange. they're already saying it was from a pot on the stove, very interesting. i think that somebody might want to take a look into this guys past, real quick before they just let it go. and who is Sandra King a spokesperson for?

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