Cory Booker, Newark mayor, hurt saving woman from burning house


Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to students at Maple Avenue School November 18, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.



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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