Man sets himself on fire outside the White House

Wednesday - 29/05/2019 17:58
Shocking video shows a man’s body engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire outside the White House on Wednesday. Picture: AP Photo/Susan WalshSource:AP
Shocking video shows a man’s body engulfed in flames after he set himself on fire outside the White House on Wednesday. Picture: AP Photo/Susan WalshSource:AP
Shocking video shows the moment an unknown man inexplicably set himself alight outside the White House. WARNING: Graphic

WARNING: Graphic content

A man set himself on fire near the White House on Wednesday, the Secret Service said.

Shocking footage showed the man walking around with his body engulfed in flames.

Moments after he set himself ablaze police officers arrived on the scene and sprayed the man with fire extinguishers.

He was arrested and taken to hospital with burns to 85 per cent of his body and “life-threatening” injuries, according to reports.
 

A video grab shows a police officer extinguishing a man who set himself on fire on the Ellipse across from the White House. Picture: Greg Miller/EPA/AAP
A video grab shows a police officer extinguishing a man who set himself on fire on the Ellipse across from the White House.
Picture: Greg Miller/EPA/AAPSource:AAP

 

 
According to the US Secret Service the man was administered first aid and transported to a local hospital. Picture: Greg Miller/EPA/AAP
According to the US Secret Service the man was administered first aid and transported to a local hospital.
Picture: Greg Miller/EPA/AAPSource:AAP

 

“I can confirm that we’ve transported one patient with burns from the Ellipse and we’re now on the scene assisting law enforcement,” a spokesman for the Washington Fire Department said.

The incident took place shortly after noon on the Ellipse — south of the president’s residence — near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, the Secret Service said on Twitter.
 

 

“Secret Service personnel are on scene assisting @NatlParkService and @usparkpolicepio in rendering first aid,” it said, referring to park rangers and park police.

“We saw this man,” Alina Berzins, 17, who was visiting the National Mall with her two cousins, told CNBC. “He starts running, and then we saw him covered in flames.”

Video shot by Berzins and posted to Twitter by her father shows the man, clad in black pants, covered head to toe in flames as he takes a slow walk across the grass near 15th Street NW and Constitution Avenue NW.

“According to my daughter … she just saw a person that was on fire running across the White House lawn,” the dad, Krisjan Berzins, tweeted. “Police and rescue have responded. They’re closing all surrounding streets right now.”

Officers are seen racing over to the man, including one armed with a red fire extinguisher, and police cruisers pulling up with lights flashing.

The man collapsed as he was covered with a plume of white foam, Alina Berzins said.

“Everyone was in shock,” she said. “I was in shock.”
 

A man has set himself on fire outside the White House.
A man has set himself on fire outside the White House.Source:Supplied

 


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