Business owner Tony Nehmi told NJ.com he and a police officer helped some of the girls down before the ladders fell during the fire. Smoke from the fire could be seen from Manhattan. "I know, I have to do something immediately".
Then, the fire department appeared and was able to get them off the roof, he said. Some are seen attempting to climb down on ladders.
Two people grabbed ladders from the auto body shop adjacent to the dance studio building, climbed up on the garage, pulled the ladder up behind them, and then used the ladder to shatter the window of the room where the girls were trapped.
Edgewater Mayor Michel Joseph McPartland says that about 15 girls were treated for minor injuries and said that it was "one of the bravest things I've ever seen".
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"We looked up there, were two girls on the second floor banging on the window", said Dalton. "We didn't have that much time", good Samaritan Toni Nehmi said. "There's no room for any mistake". Several of the girls can be seen on the video either dropping from the balcony to the ground or into the arms of bystanders who were trying to help them escape.
After a few minutes, the seventh-grader said light smoke began filling the dance studio. Others are forced to drop to the ground below.
The building that caught fire houses multiple businesses including the dance studio and a hookah lounge.
According to Edgewater Fire Chief Steve Curry, five people were transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.