NY Post - July 13, 2009by REUVEN FENTON
Burning embers rained on neighboring front lawns, as firefighters battled the blaze on Avenue K for more than two hours.
Witnesses said the East Flatbush fire erupted shortly after 5 a.m. in a two story house along Ave. K between E. 39th and E. 40th streets in a home believed to be inhabited by several squatters.
One of the victims was identified as Danny Campbell, a middle-aged Jamaican immigrant, who sold African movies and CDs at a local restaurant on Flatbush Avenue.
A witness said Campbell was screaming for help from a second-floor window before he was overcome by the smoke and flames.
Michael Rogers, a bouncer on his way home from work, was driving by when he saw the fire.
"The guy was leaning out the window, saying, 'Oh God, help,'" Rogers said. "We were telling him, 'Jump on the car, we got you.'"
But Campbell went back in. Minutes later, Rogers said flames shot out of the same window.
Rogers said he and several other witnesses tried to get into the house but couldn't get more than two feet before they turned around.
"By the time I got here flames were coming through every opening," said David Fenelon, a neighbor.
"Smoke was everywhere plus there were little explosions. People were screaming that there were still people inside. But there was no way anyone was going inside there. When they pulled the first body out they didn't bother working on it."
Neighbors said the building's residents were tapping a nearby power line for electricity. Sources said an overheated power line might have sparked the fire.