Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, was returning home from a television interview late at night when he saw the flames from a nearby house, the New York Times reported. Since the fire department had not arrived yet, he abandoned his security and went into the house, picked up a screaming woman, and carried her out of the house, the New York Times reported.
He and the woman suffered from smoke inhalation, and he received second-degree burns to his right hand, CNN reported. Still, he tweeted his followers ""Thanks 2 all who are concerned. Just suffering smoke inhalation. We got the woman out of the house. We are both off to hospital. I will b ok."
Booker was once a college football player, and is known around his city for being a very hands on mayor: even shoveling during the blizzard that hit the Northeast in 2010, the Washington Post reported.