By Eric Tataw – Wednesday May 29, 2019.
A yet-to-be-identified man has set himself on fire Wednesday, just after noon, May 29, 2019 in front of sightseers on the Ellipse park in downtown Washington, D.C. not far from the White House, National Telegraph has learned.
At approximately 12:20 p.m. a man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Ave., the United States Secret Service has confirmed. in a post that also says “Secret Service personnel are on scene assisting @NatlParkService and @usparkpolicepio in rendering first aid.”
The agency’s Uniformed Division Officers “responded in seconds” after the “male individual lit himself on fire.” Officers then began administering first aid to the man, Secret Service spokesman Jeffrey Adams has said, adding that “The individual is being transported to a local hospital.”
A spokesman for the Washington Fire Department told CNBC that, “I can confirm that we’ve transported one patient with burns from the Ellipse and we’re now on the scene assisting law enforcement,” referring to Park Police and U.S. Secret Service officers.
The man was taken to a hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, according to a spokesman for the Park Police.
17-year-old, Alina Berzins, a recent high school graduate from Lorton, Va., told CNBC “We saw this man” on the Ellipse and “he starts running, and then we saw him covered in flames,”
Videos of the scene federal authorities spraying the man with fire extinguishers as he was walking engulfed in flames.
The Ellipse is a 52-acre park area South of the White House and North of the National Mall in the heart of Washington DC.