Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: Barricades around the World War II Memorial prevent people from entering the monument on the National Mall October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. National Park Service park facilities and grounds were closed and more than 21,000 of the service's employees were furloughed after Congress was unable to agree on a federal budget and shut down for the first time in 17 years. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on October 4, 2013 at 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON –– A fire official says a man has been flown to the hospital after setting himself on fire on the National Mall.

Fire crews responded Friday afternoon to a report of a man on fire at 7th and Madison streets. A witness says she saw a man dump a red canister of gasoline on his head and then set himself on fire.

D.C. Fire Department spokesman Tim Wilson says the man has life-threatening injuries.

His name and age weren't immediately known.

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