According to a correspondent at the site of the incident, citing the Secret Service, the man has been taken to hospital after the officers responded “in seconds” and extinguished the fire.
The US Secret Service has confirmed earlier media reports that a man set himself on fire outside the White House. The man has reportedly been taken to hospital, with his condition remaining unknown. The incident took place at the Ellipse, near 15th and Constitution Ave., near the Washington Mall, a very popular tourist area.
An alleged video of the incident has appeared online.
WARNING: The following footage is graphic and may offend sensibilities.
The saddest thing I’ve ever seen. A person set themselves on fire in the park at the south lawn of the Whitehouse. Please pray for their soul pic.twitter.com/OjTL0kGWa7
— patlangs (@LangsPat) May 29, 2019