Dramatic video from New Jersey shows multiple girls jumping to escape an intense fire in Edgewater.
The fire broke out on Monday at a building on Old River Road that housed a restaurant and dance studio. Video posted on YouTube shows the flames shooting through windows on the first and second floor of the building. The girls were forced to jump from a second floor balcony to safety.
“They didn’t know what to do. The girls were trapped on the second floor and they escaped,” Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland said.
Good Samaritans tried to use a ladder to help the girls climb down from the balcony, but it collapsed. The girls began throwing personal items to the ground and then jumped to safety.
“It was one of the bravest things I've ever seen. They helped the girls, dance studio members,” McPartland said.
The fire was so intense that the smoke could be seen in New York City. It took firefighters hours to get it under control.
"I have three daughters. There were two girls, one of them close to the age of my daughter so it kind of hits home a little bit," Edgewater Police Sergeant James Dalton said.
There were no serious injuries.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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