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Chef died of heart attack, says fire department

A HEART attack caused the death of a chef who was severely burned in the kitchen of a bed and breakfast establishment in San Vicente on Saturday, according to the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Ramoncito Apostol

Ramoncito Apostol, a chef at Sea Fun Villa, was pronounced dead by a doctor at the Commonwealth Health Center due to cardiac arrest two days after the fire incident, DFEMS said.

On Monday, April 22, at 8:42 a.m., Apostol went into cardiac arrest due to an infection caused by the burns from the fire and associated with the patient’s history of diabetes, DFEMS said.

Apostol, 55, a former Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino executive sous chef, sustained burns to his facial area, torso, upper and lower bodies.

DFEMS said Apostol told fire investigators that when he went into the kitchen area, he smelled the strong odor of LPG. He inspected the hose and the stove for leaks and found none. But when he turned on the stove, an explosion and fire followed.

A CHC nurse said Apostol suffered second and third degree burns to 70 percent of his total body surface.

Apostol was conscious when he was transported to CHC-ER.

Initial investigation by fire investigators revealed that the B&B establishment’s kitchen stove caught fire. The fire was situated in the western side of the kitchen area, and was extinguished by a cleaner before it could spread.

The cleaner told fire investigators that she was in her room when she heard an alarm from a vehicle parked next to the B&B establishment.

She said she went out of her room, which was on the west side of the kitchen, and saw smoke coming out of the kitchen.

She said she immediately ran to check Apostol and found him trying to take off his shirt because it was on fire.

She said she went into the kitchen, grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the stove fire.

There was no structural or smoke damage found in the kitchen, DFEMS stated.

It was on Saturday, April 20, at 7:45 a.m. when DFEMS received a call from a male individual reporting a possible structure fire at Sea Fun Villa in San Vicente.

At 7:46 a.m., Engine 2 from the Garapan Fire Station, Forestry 1 from the Kagman Fire station and Medic 1 from the Susupe Fire Station responded and arrived at the scene at 8 a.m. At approximately 8:03 a.m., the fire was under control.

“Based on the scene investigation and findings, the cause of the fire is found to be accidental in nature and is considered closed,” DFEMS stated.