Man lights himself on fire outside the White House

The man walked around for several seconds while on fire near the White House.
The man walked around for several seconds while on fire near the White House. Photo credit: Getty

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Disturbing footage has emerged of a man engulfed in flames at Ellipse Park, next to the White House.  

Video posted to social media on Wednesday shows the unidentified man walk around for several seconds while consumed by the flames, before law enforcement officials rushed to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher.

A spokesperson for the National Parks Service said secret service personnel extinguished the fire within "seconds".

According to the Daily Mail, the man was reportedly wearing a protective suit that would have safeguarded him from fatal burns.

He was rushed to hospital after he was extinguished, but no update has been given about his condition.

The man has been arrested.

The Secret Service tweeted confirming its personnel were at the scene.

According to his official schedule, President Donald Trump would have reportedly been in the White House at the time of the fire.

White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley is yet to comment on the incident.

There have been several other incidents that have occurred in this area, the Daily Mail reports.  

On April 12, a man in a mobility scooter lit his jacket on fire in the same location.

The man was hospitalised, and suffered from life-threatening injuries.



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