Girls jump from balcony of dance studio to escape fire

Watch Video: Young girls jumping down a dance studio in New Jersey as fire tear through

The trapped youngsters screamed for help from a first floor balcony, as ferocious flames were seen behind and below them. The flames caused by the fault of the gas equipment, broke out in the Beyoglu restaurant on river road and quickly spread to an adjacent building.

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

Young dancers fall from their dance studio on the second story as a fire tore through the building in Edgewater, N.J., on Monday evening.

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Many passers-by and strangers were seen trying to help but it was quite hard as the ladder wasn't able to reach there.

Smoke was so intense, people in Manhattan could see it.

"It was one of the bravest things I've ever seen", Mayor Michael McPartland explained of the girls. He said he called for help and that he and his friends tried to help the girls get out by putting a ladder up to the balcony and catching the girls on the ground after they jumped. "I didn't know it [was] gonna be that bad". "They escaped due to the bravery of these two guys".

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Overall, said the girl who'd been one of the jumpers, it worked. Others are forced to drop to the ground below.

The fire is believed to have started on the first floor, where the Edgewater International Auto Body and a vehicle wash are located, before spreading to the rest of the building.

"Five people have been transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries", said Edgewater Fire Chief Steve Curry from the scene.

Aside from the restaurant and the dance studio, the building housed a vehicle wash and an auto body shop.

The cause of the fire is now under investigation.

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