Man sets himself on fire and is seen engulfed in flames near the White House

Man fights for life after setting himself on fire in shocking video and calmly strolling around a lawn outside the White House as police frantically try to douse the flames engulfing his body

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  • The unidentified man set himself on fire on Wednesday on the Ellipse park in downtown Washington D.C. 
  • Video of the incident showed the man walking calmly across the Ellipse near the Washington Mall, an area popular with tourists, with flames covering his body 
  • Several seconds later, U.S. Secret Service staff could be seen towards him with a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze 
  • The man is said to have suffered burns to 85 percent of his body and was transported to hospital with ‘life threatening injuries’ 
  • There have been several security incidents at the White House in recent years  

Disturbing footage has emerged of a man setting himself on fire and calmly walking around near the White House as police desperately tried to douse the flames. 

The man, who has not yet been identified, set himself on fire on Wednesday on the Ellipse park in downtown Washington D.C.  

Video of the incident showed the man walking calmly across the Ellipse near the Washington Mall, an area popular with tourists, with flames covering his body. 

Several seconds later, U.S. Secret Service staff could be seen towards him with a fire extinguisher to put out the blaze.

It occurred less than a mile from the White House. 

The man set himself on fire near the White House on Wednesday morning with terrifying footage showing him engulfed in flames

A man set himself on fire Wednesday near the White House with disturbing footage showing him engulfed in flames, the Secret Service said. Shockingly, the unidentified individual managed to stand upright before security ran towards him to extinguish the flames

A man set himself on fire Wednesday near the White House with disturbing footage showing him engulfed in flames, the Secret Service said. Shockingly, the unidentified individual managed to stand upright before security ran towards him to extinguish the flames 

He managed to stand upright before officials got to him, amid reports that he was wearing a protective suit which would have given him some protection from the flames.

The man suffered burns on 85 percent of his body and there was a suspicious package on fire near him which was also extinguished, according to TMZ.

He was later transported to a nearby hospital with ‘life threatening’ injuries. 

More than 70 officers flocked to the scene from multiple agencies. Several tourists and visitors were in the vicinity, but there were no other injuries reported. 

National Park Service police and the U.S. Secret Service officers also assisted at the scene to try and establish what happened in Washington D.C.  

White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said he could not immediately comment. 

According to his official schedule, Donald Trump was in the Oval Office at the time for a ceremonial swearing-in of the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. 

A spokesman for the National Park Service, which maintains the White House grounds, told DailyMail.com: ‘At 12:22 p.m., officers from the United States Park Police and United States Secret Service responded to a report of an adult male who reportedly lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Avenue. 

He later drops to the ground as he doused with a fire extinguisher to put out the fire

He later drops to the ground as he doused with a fire extinguisher to put out the fire 

The man's motive  is not known but it is understood he was transported to a nearby hospital

The man’s motive  is not known but it is understood he was transported to a nearby hospital 

National Park Service police were seen rendering medical aid to the man a short time later

National Park Service police were seen rendering medical aid to the man a short time later 

‘USSS personnel extinguished the fire within seconds. The individual was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

‘The incident is under investigation. No additional information is available at this time.’

A spokesman for the Washington Fire Department said: ‘I can confirm that we’ve transported one patient with burns from the Ellipse and we’re now on the scene assisting law enforcement.’

The Ellipse is a 52-acre park located south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall. 

There have been several security incidents in recent years in the vicinity of the White House, due in part to its location in the middle of D.C., with a number of streets approaching it. 

On April 12, a man in a wheelchair-type electric scooter lit his jacket on fire outside the White House fence.

That man was hospitalized with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Crews are due to begin work on installing a larger fence around the White House as part of security improvements beginning this summer.

The existing fence will be replaced with a structure that will be about 13 feet tall, an increase of about five feet.   

The man walked on the Ellipse before officers and was fully engulfed in flames

The man walked on the Ellipse before officers are seen running to extinguished the flames

 Visitors and tourists were seen around the White House, unaware that visitors and tourists were seen around the White House, unaware that a man set himself alight near a security cabin which allows authorized staff to park in a car pack near the South lawn

The Secret Service confirmed the incident happened and said they are investigating

The Secret Service confirmed the incident happened and said they are investigating 

The incident on Wednesday came just hours after Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed it was ‘not an option’ for his office to have charged President Trump with an obstruction crime and that it would be ‘inappropriate’ for him to speak further about his probe of Russian election interference.

In a public statement, Mueller restated parts of his 448-report – including the controversial decision not to charge Trump with a crime 

The president has repeatedly cited the report – and his own attorney general’s decision not to charge him – as proof that there was ‘no obstruction.’  

But Mueller, in his sudden statement delivered with little public notification, said his decision rested on Justice Department policy – not on the guilt or innocence of President Trump.

That did not stop Trump from tweeting immediately after Mueller’s remarks that the case against him was ‘closed.’  

‘Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,’ Trump wrote.  

Visitors and tourists were seen around the White House, unaware that a man set himself alight  near a security cabin which allows authorized staff to park in a car park on Pennsylvania Ave

Visitors and tourists were seen around the White House, unaware that a man set himself alight  near a security cabin which allows authorized staff to park in a car park on Pennsylvania Ave

A large plume of smoke could be seen where security staff put out the fire and helped the man

A large plume of smoke could be seen where security staff put out the fire and helped the man  

It is due include an 18-inch, above ground stone base at the bottom, a 10-foot, 7-inch metal fence and a one-foot-tall ‘anti-climb feature’ at the top.

The changes are intended to keep out intruders after the arrests of several people who have tried to scale the fence in recent years.

In January, a 55-year-old woman from Southeast Washington tried to jump a barrier, and a Virginia man in February tried to get into the White House, saying he wanted to help Donald Trump ‘bring peace to the world.’ 

A California man was arrested last July after he got through security barrier near the East Wing. Dirk Renard Estes, told the Secret Service he wanted to meet President Trump, The Washington Post reported. 

The Secret Service and the National Park Service, which maintains the White House grounds, received final approval in 2017 to proceed with building what officials called a ‘tougher, taller and stronger’ fence.

The White House, a National Historic Landmark, sits on about 18 acres in downtown Washington, with the history of its fence dating back to the 1800s. 

Ambulances and police cars are seen parked south of the White House at the Ellipse

Ambulances and police cars are seen parked south of the White House at the Ellipse

More than 70 officers swarmed to the area from multiple agencies

More than 70 officers swarmed to the area from multiple agencies

National Park Service police and the U.S. Secret Service officers assisted at the scene to try and establish what happened and the man’s motivation for the shocking incident 

 

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