Harrowing footage shows girls jump from balcony to escape fire

by Garry Watts April 11, 2018, 5:00
Harrowing footage shows girls jump from balcony to escape fire

Ilker Kesiktas, who shot the video, said today that he grabbed a fire extinguisher when he saw flames climb the side of the row of businesses, including a restaurant he and his friends frequent, in Edgewater, a town on the Hudson River just north of New York City.

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

Nina Twomey, 12, was one of the last dance students to escape the fire by dangling from a second-story balcony until she fell to the ground below.

Officials said the fire began around 7 p.m.

While those on the ground grappled with ladders, they were too short.

The mayor applauded first responders and business owners who raced towards the blaze to help bring the group of girls to safety, telling reporters in video shared by NorthJersey.com: "We're very fortunate here tonight..." "A couple of seconds, and I can see smoke coming behind them".

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"People were telling me it was bad". He was the first person on the scene, and said he saw two girls pounding on the glass on the second floor.

Harrowing video shows a crowd of people trying to help girls trapped in a burning building in Edgewater, New Jersey escape.

"I was the one who called the fire department".

The building housed a restaurant, dance studio, vehicle wash and auto body shop.

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 now under investigation.


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