Children forced to jump from second floor as massive fire rips through Edgewater building

EDGEWATER, N.J. — Smoke could be seen from New York billowing over New Jersey as a third-alarm fire raged on at a two-story building in Edgewater Monday evening.

The fire was reported around 7:30 p.m. at the building with a commercial garage, Edgewater International Auto Body, and may have extended to another building housing a hookah lounge.

Dramatic cellphone video shows a group of children trapped on the balcony of the second floor with the flames closing in. Some of them were forced to jump for safety. Officials said a local businessman and a responding officer were able to help the girls land safely.

Firefighters from several Bergen County towns responded and battled the fire through the evening.

Five people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, officials said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.