A guy sets self on fire Wednesday on the Ellipse in downtown Washington, across from the White House, the secret Service said.A spokesman because that the Washington Fire Department speak buzzpatterson.com, "I can confirm that we've transported one patient v burns indigenous the Ellipse and we're currently on the scene assisting law enforcement," referring to Park Police and U.S. Mystery Service officers.The man, later identified as Arnav Gupta of Bethesda, Maryland, passed away of his injuries later Wednesday after gift transported to a regional hospital, U.S. Park police claimed Thursday.

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An unidentified man collection himself ~ above fire early on Wednesday afternoon in prior of sightseers ~ above the Ellipse park in downtown Washington, D.C., not far from the White House, authorities said.

The man, established Thursday as Arnav Gupta of Bethesda, Maryland, passed away of his injuries later Wednesday after gift transported come a local hospital, U.S. Park police said.


The Ellipse is a 52-acre park area that lies southern of the White House and also north the the national Mall, in the heart of Washington. The fire arisen just north of the Washington Monument.

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Secret service spokesman Jeffrey Adams stated in a explain Wednesday that the agency's Uniformed division Officers "responded in seconds" after the "male individual lit self on fire." officers then began administering first aid to the man.

"The individual is being transported to a regional hospital," Adams added.

A spokesman because that the Washington Fire room told buzzpatterson.com that, "I deserve to confirm the we've transported one patient with burns native the Ellipse and we're currently on the scene assisting law enforcement," introduce to Park Police and U.S. Mystery Service officers.


Several outlets reported the the man's injuries were life-threatening.

Alina Berzins, a 17-year-old recent high school graduate native Lorton, Virginia, told buzzpatterson.com the she was visiting the national Mall through two of her cousins from Bolivia once "we saw this man" on the Ellipse and also "he beginning running, and then we saw him spanned in flames."

"He started to walk" and then "cops began coming come the area and he collapsed," Berzins said. The fire then was extinguished, she said.

Berzins said that she and the other passersby in the area to be stunned through the sight of the man.

"Everybody remained in shock," Berzins said. "I was in shock."

Berzins' father post on Twitter a video that his daughter took of the incident.

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She claimed that number of dozen law-enforcement policemans flooded the scene and were join by a helicopter overhead and also multiple Fire room vehicles.

A White residence spokesman had actually no instant comment.

The man's engine for setup himself on fire continues to be unclear.


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