Washington Post: Newark Mayor Booker rescues neighbor from fire, is treated at hospital for smoke inhalation

April 13th, 2012

Washington Post
April 13, 2012


NEWARK, N.J. — The mayor of New Jersey’s largest city expects to have more to say Friday about how he helped rescue neighbors from a fire.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker was treated and released from a hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and second-degree burns.

Mayoral spokeswoman Anne Torres says Booker arrived home Thursday night April 12, 2012 to find the house next door on fire. Booker and two of his security detail entered the home to help its residents escape. Booker went to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, but Torres said he was doing fine. He was expected to be released shortly before midnight.

Booker had a bandage around the thumb and first finger of his right hand. He hugged the sister of the woman who he saved and told News 12 New Jersey early Friday that he thanked God everyone was OK.

Booker arrived home Thursday night to find the house next door on fire. The mayor and two of his security detail entered the home to help residents escape, his spokeswoman Anne Torres said.

The woman Booker helped save was in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with burns to her back and neck.

Booker, a prolific social media user, tweeted late Thursday that he was fine and thanked his followers for their well-wishes.

“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.”

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