UPDATE V: The man has reportedly passed away. He has not yet been identified.
DC Police tell me that the man who was on fire on the National Mall is conscious and breathing. Call came in at 4:24 PM.— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) October 4, 2013
UPDATE III: Video shows helicopter leaving the scene:
Alert:7th St btwn Madison Dr NW & Jefferson Dr SW is CLOSED due to an injured citizen. Use Alt Rte. See Attached/7066 pic.twitter.com/Vrgl4RaWPH— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 4, 2013
UPDATE I: Joggers attempted to put out the flames with their t-shirts:
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.
A man doused himself with gasoline and lit his body on fire Friday around 4:25 p.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
According to an Associated Press report:
A fire official says a man has been flown to the hospital after setting himself on fire on the National Mall.
Fire crews responded Friday afternoon to a report of a man on fire at 7th and Madison streets. A witness says she saw a man dump a red canister of gasoline on his head and then set himself on fire.
D.C. Fire Department spokesman Tim Wilson says the man has life-threatening injuries.
His name and age weren't immediately known.
A helicopter reportedly removed the individual.
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