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Screams, Then Leaps From a Fire-Engulfed Balcony

10 to 15 girls suffer minor injuries at NJ dance studio
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 10, 2018 11:20 AM CDT

A terrifying video shows several girls jumping for their lives from a balcony at a New Jersey dance studio Monday as flames rage only inches away. A business owner and a police officer helped some of the girls down ladders before they fell during the fire that broke out around 7pm, per the AP. A video shows the aftermath, with girls falling or dangling from the second-floor balcony, a few witnesses below trying to catch them. It was "one of the bravest things I've ever seen," Edgewater Mayor Michael McPartland tells NBC New York, noting 10 to 15 girls were treated for minor injuries. The cause of the fire at the building that also houses a hookah lounge and auto body shop wasn't immediately clear. (Read more fire stories.)

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