Firefighters: Father drops children to safety in Jersey City fire

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JERSEY CITY -

A three-alarm fire at a home in Jersey City forced a father to think quickly in order to save his childrens' lives.

Crews responded to the scene at 26 Gates Ave. around 10:30 a.m. 

Firefighters say a father of eight had to drop three of his young daughters from the second floor onto an awning below, where another person caught them.

"The last thing my daughter told me is 'Daddy, I don't want to burn, please save me,’" says Orlando Martinez. 

Fire officials say at least 14 people have been displaced. They add that this was the second time they've responded to this building since December.

An electrical issue caused the first fire, but it is not yet know what caused Friday's flames.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the fire.

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