Family members say 62-year-old Arthur Navarro could not escape when his house caught fire.
Navarro had a physical disability that made it difficult for him to walk.
Not much is left of the Whitley caravan near Dairy Avenue, where Navarro lived for about 20 years.
Pedro Andrade was his neighbor and longtime friend.
“I think one of the worst ways to die is to be on fire and think I just talked to him the day before,” Andrade said. “He did not deserve to come out like that. He did not deserve to die like that.”
The tragedy happened a few minutes before sunrise around 5:30 on Monday in Corcoran.
Kings County police and firefighters responded to a fire and found Navarro’s caravan engulfed in flames and later found his body inside.
Neighboring houses were evacuated for safety.
Andrade cried as he shared his experience. He says someone woke him up before the first correspondents arrived to evacuate him and ran to Navarro’s house hoping to save him.
“I opened his door, but I was surprised when the flames broke out,” says Andrade.
Navarro’s niece, Angelica Hill, and Shannon Nolan’s longtime girlfriend say he was surrounded by people who loved him dearly.
“He had a huge heart, he loved a lot, he loved all his nieces and family. He was a very good guy,” they said.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but the Kings County Fire says there were no smoke detectors in the caravan, which could have changed the outcome of the morning.
Andrade said it was only a matter of minutes before the house was engulfed in flames.
The Kings County Fire says a caravan fire will always spread much faster.
Foul does not seem to be a factor at the moment.
If you want to help the family, visit them GoFundMe.
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