Man Sets Himself on Fire at the National Mall
He dumped gas on his head and set it ablaze: witness
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 4, 2013 5:15 PM CDT
The National Mall in Washington, DC.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A fire official says a man has been flown to the hospital after setting himself on fire at the National Mall. Fire crews responded this afternoon to a report of a man on fire at 7th Street and Madison Drive in Washington, DC. A witness says she saw a man dump a red canister of gasoline on his head and then set himself on fire. DC Fire Department spokesman Tim Wilson says the man has life-threatening injuries.

The man's 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.