Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., was treated and released from hospital after he suffered smoke inhalation and second-degree burns after punching through flames on Thursday, to rescue a neighbor from her burning house.
NBC New York reported that Booker told CBS This Morning that he had to run through flames and grab the woman out of bed. He then threw her over his shoulder and ran out, while punching through flames.
He described the event as a very scary thing.
Booker has just arrived home in the Upper Clinton neighborhood on Thursday night, when the fire broke out.
Newark Fire Director Fateen Ziyad reportedly told The Star-Ledger that they mayor heard a woman yelling I'm back here, from a back bedroom. Booker rushed into the building but was held back by his security detail, the Associated Press reported. Booker yelled at his security guards to release him, saying, She is going to die, she is going to die, Ziyad told the newspaper.
The cause of the fire still unknown.
The woman he rescued is in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. She suffered burns to her back and neck, according to the AP.
Spokeswoman Anne Torres told the media that the mayor and two of his security detail entered the home to help residents escape.
Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation, Booker tweeted. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok.
On Friday, Booker wrote, Thanks everyone, my injuries were relatively minor. Thanks to Det. Alex Rodriguez who helped get all of the people out of the house.