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Man sets himself on fire near the White House

A woman has been badly burned and a large North Vancouver home has been gutted in a pre-dawn fire.
A woman has been badly burned and a large North Vancouver home has been gutted in a pre-dawn fire.

A man set himself on fire at a park near the White House Wednesday afternoon, according to the U.S. Secret Service.

“At approximately 12:20 p.m. a man lit himself on fire on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Ave., Secret Service personnel are on scene assisting @NatlParkService and @usparkpolicepio in rendering first aid,” the Secret Service tweeted.

Two videos posted on Twitter show the man engulfed in flames. Police cruisers are then seen rushing to the park as the fire is extinguished.

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