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Newark Mayor Cory Booker taken to hospital after rescuing woman from house fire


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NEWARK Newark Mayor Cory Booker was taken to a hospital Thursday night for treatment of smoke inhalation he suffered trying to rescue his next-door neighbors from their burning house. "I just grabbed her and whipped her out of the bed," Booker said in recounting the fire. Booker told The Star-Ledger he also suffered second-degree burns on his hand. The fire started in a two-story building on Hawthorne Avenue in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood, shortly before the mayor arrived home after a television interview with News 12 New Jersey. Five people were taken to the hospital for treatment: the mayor, a woman from the house and three members of his security detail. The woman was listed in stable condition at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with burns to her back and neck. Booker left his home shortly after 6 a.m. this morning to make an appearance on the CBS Morning Show in New York. The mayor will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. at his home to discuss the incident. Newark Fire Director Fateen Ziyad said after the mayor arrived home he saw flames and smoke from the second floor of the building next to his home, and no residents outside, Booker rushed in and his security detail followed him, Ziyad said. As fire and EMS arrived, they administered oxygen to Booker and his security detail and took the mayor to the hospital. Newark Fire Chief John Centanni was at the hospital with Booker and said the mayor and his detail were "banged up" but would be fine. The residents of the building also appeared to be okay. Centanni said the mayor executed a professional rescue and possibly saved the life of one resident.



Meet New Jersey's next governor...seriously, via Hot Air, he seems to be a decent guy overall, and how the heck do you top this?

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