Man Set On Fire On National Mall

Source: Michael Winter and Donna Leinwand Leger / USA Today

A man may have set himself on fire Friday afternoon on the National Mall in Washington, police and witnesses reported.

The unidentified man was taken to the hospital with “life threatening injuries,” a D.C. Fire Department spokesman told The Washington Post.

The man was “conscious and breathing” when firefighters arrived, a D.C. police spokeswoman told the paper. She said police had not yet established the cause of the fire.

Witnesses told NBC Washington that the man poured gasoline on himself, then possibly set himself on fire about 4:25 p.m. ET. Several joggers took off their shirt to extinguish the flames.

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