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Cory Booker, Newark mayor, hurt saving woman from burning house

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, was treated for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation on Thursday night after reportedly saving a woman from a burning house.

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker talks to students at Maple Avenue School November 18, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, was treated for second-degree burns and smoke inhalation on Thursday night after reportedly saving a woman from a burning house.

According to New York magazine, Booker "fearlessly" ran into his neighbor's burning house in Upper Clinton Hill around 9:30 p.m. after it was well ablaze from a fire that started in the kitchen.

The fire department had not yet arrived, The New York Times quoted Anne Torres, a spokeswoman, as saying.

Rather than wait for help, Booker went inside the two-story house on Hawthorne Avenue with two members of his security detail, she added.

"Thanks 2 all who are concerned," Booker reportedly wrote on his Twitter account.

"Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok."

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The woman inside the house was taken to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston with burns to her back and neck but in stable condition, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported, citing Newark Fire Director Fateen Ziyad.

The mayor had been taping a TV interview on News 12 New Jersey.

Ziyad said a member of Booker's security detail posted at his house had spotted the fire and gone into the building before Booker arrived home, alerting people on the first floor of a fire, according to NJ.com.

The guard pulled one elderly man from the house, and when Booker arrived he ran upstairs with other members of his security detail to rescue the woman.

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