At the time, he was accompanied by two members of his security detail. Another security team member was already at his home keeping watch in his absence.
Right before the mayor arrived at his home, the two-story building next-door on Hawthorne Avenue in the Upper Clinton Hill neighborhood had just caught on fire, the report said. The security detail who was already at his home, Detective Alex Rodriguez, noticed the fire first.
There were no emergency responders present at the time and the residents of the home were not outside, so Booker and his security team alerted the residents to make sure everyone got out, the report said.
Booker told the Star-Ledger that he and his team thought he got everyone out of the house, but a woman was screaming that she was still trapped upstairs.
Detective Rodriguez tried to stop Booker from re-entering the inferno, but he did anyway.