WASHINGTON — Around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, the secret service says a man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Avenue.
Secret Service personnel were on scene assisting the National Park Police and in rendering first aid.
Video posted online shows police rushing to the man to put out the flames.
The saddest thing I’ve ever seen. A person set themselves on fire in the park at the south lawn of the Whitehouse. Please pray for their soul pic.twitter.com/OjTL0kGWa7
— patlangs (@LangsPat) May 29, 2019
— Krisjan Berzins (@KrisjanBerzins) May 29, 2019
According to local media, the man was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.