Girls jump to flee fire at New Jersey dance studio

I tell you what, it was one of the greatest things I've ever seen.

When they opened the only exit door from the studio, "The whole balcony was covered in smoke", said Twomey.

However, two of her friends were stuck inside the building, she said.

He found a ladder and climbed to the roof of the building, using the ladder to break through the window and hoist the girls onto the roof, he said. "I know, I have to do something immediately".

Flames were whipping out of the windows as Mayor Michael McPartland said he and a pal witnessed a police officer and businessman rescue the children from the second story. "There's no room for any mistake".


The young dancers were seen dangling from the ledge and screaming as an army of good Samaritans below the burning Edgewater studio encouraged the girls to let go, according to footage of the daring escape.

Video of the harrowing incident shows some of the six girls trapped on a balcony as flames consume the Edgewater building where the dance students had been rehearsing. Others are forced to drop to the ground below.

The fire sent plumes of smoke in the air that could be seen for miles, and the flames quickly burned through the building that also housed a auto wash and a restaurant in addition to the dance studio.

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

Twomey said that while it's unfortunate that the studio and the equipment inside were destroyed, she's "just glad everyone is safe" and that "there were no bad injuries".


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