D.C. man on fire: A man who doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire in the area of national monuments in Washington D.C. was taken to hospital by helicopter on Friday, said a report from the Washington Post.
The man, whose name was not immediately released, suffered severe burns, said fire department spokesman Tim Wilson.
The D.C. man on fire incident began when a man who was sitting alone at the intersection of the 7th and Madison streets in the central part of the area known as the Washington Mall, poured gasoline and set himself on fire, said Katy Scheflen, who saw the incident as he walked by the place.
The witness said passing runners took off their shirts in an attempt to extinguish the flames, and that the man was clearly alive. A police spokesman said the man was conscious at the scene. MedStar Medical Center Washington Hospital said in a Twitter message that the man had been admitted there, but gave no details of his condition.
"There was not a lot people could do because it was a gasoline fire," Scheflen said.
She said the man perhaps said something before catching fire, but "it was not understood". She also stated that she did not see the man carry a sign or anything to indicate his reason for setting himself on fire.
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