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Video captures girls jumping off balcony to escape fire

Video captures girls jumping off balcony to escape fire

She and others were able to escape through the door and the balcony, but there were two other girls from her class who could not get out.

"The flames were spreading so fast", Nehmi said.

But when the ladder tips over, several of the children leap off the balcony as the men yell "jump!"

Members of a dance studio in Edgewater, N.J., were forced to flee from the second floor after the building went up in flames, Monday, April 9, 2018.

The ladders were too short to reach the balcony and kept falling over, so Twomey said she chose to jump down.

Remarkably, no one was seriously hurt, though about 15 children were treated for minor injuries. Business owner Tony Nehmi tells NJ.com he and Edgewater Police Officer Jimmy Dalton were able to help some of the girls down with ladders before they fell.

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When the teacher opened the door to the studio's only exit, they immediately saw the heavy smoke and fire, and "everyone started freaking out", she said.

New York Daily News reported that the fire is believed to have started on the building's first floor, the home of a auto fix workshop, before it spread to consume the entire building.

"People were telling me it was bad". Some of the girls were unable to break the glass on the second floor. Some children are seen jumping onto the ladders, and, eventually, the people on the balcony are forced to fall 10 feet to the ground below.

Thanks to eyewitness video, an intense fire in a building that housed a dance studio filled with children has been viewed online hundreds of thousands of times worldwide.

According to Edgewater Fire Chief Steve Curry, five people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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