Newark, New Jersey, Mayor Cory Booker ran into a burning building Thursday night to help rescue a trapped woman, an act of heroism that sent him to the hospital.
Booker talked about the incident on Twitter."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."Video from the aftermath of the scene showed Booker hugging the woman, his right hand wrapped in gauze. "Just some second-degree burns," he told reporters.Booker was released from a New Jersey-area hospital at about 11:30 p.m., according to the mayor's spokeswoman, Anne Torres.The incident occurred at a building next to Booker's home, the mayor told CNN Friday.The mayor had returned home to see flames shooting out of a second- floor kitchen window. Flanked by two members of his security detail, Booker rushed toward the building, he said."Something exploded and sent a lot of flames over the steps, and my detail just grabbed me and started trying to drag me out of there," Booker said.There was a "bit of an altercation," but he convinced the security personnel to let him go.
Also, more proof that capes just get in the way. Important lesson, folks. And good job.