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Police Responding to Report of Man on Fire on National Mall


The Metropolitan Police Department, U.S. Park Police, and Metro Transit Police are responding to a report of a man on fire on the National Mall. The incident occurred at 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW.

Update, Oct. 5, 4:08 p.m.: The man died of his injuries at Washington Hospital Center, and he is still being identified, police say.

"We have a report of a man on fire," says MPD spokeswoman Saray Leon. "He is conscious and breathing. MPD is on the scene."

A Park Police spokesman confirms that the Park Police have units on the scene. A Metro Transit Police spokesman confirms that Metro Transit Police are assisting. The D.C. Fire Department is also on the scene, having received a call at 4:24 p.m and arrived at 4:27 p.m. According to FEMS spokesman Tim Wilson, there's no indication that the man has been transported to a hospital.

We'll provide more details as we get them.

Update 4:55 p.m.: MPD tweets that 7th Street is closed between Madison Drive NW and Jefferson Drive SW due to an "injured citizen."

Update 5:13 p.m.: Wilson says the man is being transported by helicopter to the Washington Hospital Center.

Update 5:18 p.m.: MPD spokesman Hugh Carew says there have been reports that the man set himself on fire, but MPD has not confirmed those reports and the incident is currently under investigation.

Update 5:38 p.m.: Lieutenant George Davis of the Park Police says the Park Police "believe" that the man lit himself on fire but are still investigating the matter. The man, he says, has arrived at the Washington Hospital Center for treatment.

Image via MPD Twitter feed

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