Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, was treated for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation on Thursday night after reportedly saving a woman from a burning house.
According to New York magazine, Booker "fearlessly" ran into his neighbor's burning house in Upper Clinton Hill around 9:30 p.m. after it was well ablaze from a fire that started in the kitchen.
The fire department had not yet arrived, The New York Times quoted Anne Torres, a spokeswoman, as saying.
Rather than wait for help, Booker went inside the two-story house on Hawthorne Avenue with two members of his security detail, she added.
"Thanks 2 all who are concerned," Booker reportedly wrote on his Twitter account.
"Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok."
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The woman inside the house was taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with burns to her back and neck but in stable condition, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported, citing Newark Fire Director Fateen Ziyad.
The mayor had been taping a TV interview on News 12 New Jersey.
Ziyad said a member of Booker's security detail posted at his house had spotted the fire and gone into the building before Booker arrived home, alerting people on the first floor of a fire, according to NJ.com.
The guard pulled one elderly man from the house, and when Booker arrived he ran upstairs with other members of his security detail to rescue the woman.
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