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October 04, 2013

Man Sets Himself on Fire on US National Mall

by VOA News

U.S. fire officials say a man has been taken to a hospital after apparently setting himself on fire on the National Mall in Washington.

Witnesses say the man doused himself with gasoline Friday and set himself on fire a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, not far from where police shot and killed a woman after a high-speed car chase Thursday.  

A jogger on the Mall, Nicole Didyk, told VOA that several men who were passing by removed their shirts to smother the flames. She said the man thanked the people who helped put out the fire.

Police say the man was conscious when they arrived on the scene. Fire officials say he suffered life-threatening injures and was airlifted to the hospital.

It was not immediately known who the man is or why he set himself ablaze.