Newark Mayor Rescues Woman From Fire

Cory Booker hospitalized after saving neighbor from burning building

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 13, 2012 3:34 AM CDT | Updated Apr 13, 2012 3:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – Talk about hands-on mayoring: Newark Mayor Cory Booker was treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns last night after rescuing a woman from a fire. After arriving home to find a neighbor's house on fire, the mayor, followed by two members of his security detail, rushed inside before the fire department arrived. He carried a woman down from the second floor of the burning building before collapsing.

"Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation," Booker tweeted afterward. "We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will be OK." The city's fire chief says the mayor—who had to fight his way past his own security detail to get upstairs—executed a professional rescue, and may have saved the woman's life. "It was a very successful rescue, actually," the chief tells the Star-Ledger. "The situation could have been definitely a tragedy because it was just getting started."

Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks during a news conference outside of the Prudential Center earlier this month.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks during a news conference outside of the Prudential Center earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
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