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(Scroll down for video) A large fire broke out in a residential home in New Jersey, according to reports.
A 39-year-old mother with her five children, three of them under 10-years-old, jumped from the third floor of the burning building in Newark, New Jersey, as the flames closed in around them early on Wednesday, authorities said.
The fire broke out in the apartment building with no fire exits on South Orange Avenue, shortly after midnight, officials said. A preliminary investigation suggests that the fire started by accident, authorities said.
The mother and her children ages 6, 8, 9, 14 and 17, had moved to her apartment earlier this week, and still had no electricity. They used candles as they awaited their appointment with the electric company, which had been scheduled for Wednesday.
A candle in the bathroom is suspected of starting the fire.
All six of the victims were recovering at University Hospital, and are expected to recover. The teenage daughters suffered broken fingers in the fall. They said that they jumped out the window and someone caught them, but their mother jumped too quickly and landed on the floor.
Felicia Avent, who lives in the building, described it as a gruesome scene.
"It happened so fast," Avent said. "I heard screaming, help my children, help my children. I grabbed my own children. I was going to get out," she said.