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Man sets himself on fire on National Mall; taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries

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 this afternoon to a report of a man on fire at 7th Street and Madison Drive. 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.

Katy Scheflen says she was walking along the Mall when she saw a man by himself pick up a can of gasoline and empty its contents on his head before setting himself ablaze.

She says passing joggers took off their shirts to help douse the flames.

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