Screaming children escape New Jersey dance studio during raging fire

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

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

"I'm really grateful for the people who came over to help", said Twomey.

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

A number of girls can be seen making their way over the balcony, with some able to reach the ladders and climb down to safety. It took firefighters hours to get the flames under control.

"We looked up there, were two girls on the second floor banging on the window", said Dalton.

"Oh my god, the girls was so scared, crying and screaming", said Nehmi.

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She and others were able to escape through the door and the balcony, but there were two other girls from her class who could not get out.

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.

Five people caught in the blaze were rushed to a local hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries, according to Edgewater Fire Chief Steve Curry.

Thanks to eyewitness video, an intense fire in a building that housed a dance studio filled with children has been viewed online hundreds of thousands of times worldwide.

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".

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.

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