Newark, New Jersey mayor rescues neighbor from burning house

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The mayor of New Jersey's largest city says it was a "come to Jesus moment" as he helped rescue a neighbor from a house fire.

Speaking on "CBS This Morning" Friday, Newark Mayor Cory Booker described how he ran through flames to help get the woman out.

Booker says he grabbed her out of her bed and threw her over his shoulder and ran, but then feared they wouldn't get out of the kitchen. Booker says he "punched through the flames."

Booker says it was "a very scary thing" to look back and see nothing but flames and look ahead and see blackness.

Booker returned home Thursday night to find his neighbor's home on fire. He was aided in the rescue by his security detail.

Booker was treated and released from a hospital after suffering from smoke inhalation and second-degree burns on his right hand.

The woman is in stable condition with second-degree burns.

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