Newark Mayor Cory Booker Saves Woman From Burning Building
Created: 2012-04-13 11:41 EST
Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Macy's)
Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker saved a woman from a burning building Thursday night.
Five people were taken to the hospital for treatment, including Booker, three members of his security detail, and a woman from the residence. The Newark mayor suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his hands.
Cory Booker was returning to his home from an interview with News 12 New Jersey. He spotted a two-story building on Hawthorne Avenue in his Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood on fire.
Detective Alex Rodriguez was already on scene. He had been assigned to the mayor’s house while Booker was away.
Booker was accompanied by Det. Duran Santos and Det. Al-Tariq Whitley.
The mayor told The Star-Ledger that he heard a woman screaming “I’m upstairs!” Det. Rodriguez attempted to stop Booker, but the mayor said he fought his detail in order to get to the second floor.
Unable to locate the woman at first, Booker stated he, “Was at peace with the fact that I was going to jump out the window.”
The woman eventually called out from a back bedroom, where he headed.
“I just sort of through her over my shoulder and dragged her through the kitchen,” he recounted on CBS This Morning, appearing with Rodriguez.
The woman suffered second-degree burns on her back and neck. She is in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston.
The mayor tweeted “Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok”.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.