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<pre><pre>Man sets himself on fire and is seen near the White House
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Man sets himself on fire and is seen near the White House

  • A man set himself on fire at the White House on Wednesday after noon
  • The secret service confirmed that the incident happened on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Avenue
  • The man received first aid on the scene before being taken to the hospital

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A man set himself on fire at the White House on Wednesday, the secret service said.

A Washington Fire Department spokesperson said CNBC: & # 39; I can confirm that we have transported a patient with Ellipse burn wounds and we are now on site to assist law enforcement. & # 39;

Park police and US secret service officers also helped on the spot to try to determine what was happening in Washington D.C.

The secret service had no comment other than referring to the agency's tweet about the incident when contacted by CNBC.

The White House spokesperson, Hogan Gidley, said he could not comment immediately.

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In a chatter the US secret service said: & around 39:20. a man set fire to himself on Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Ave., the secret service staff on site are helpful in providing first aid. & # 39;

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

It is also called President & # 39; s Park South and has several monuments and organizes official events.

The incident comes just a few hours after Special Counsel Robert Mueller told the country in a dramatic statement that it & # 39; not an option & # 39; was in front of his office to have imposed an obstruction crime on President Trump and that it was & # 39; inappropriate & # 39; would be to speak further about his probe of Russian election interference.

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