Man lights himself on fire near White House: Secret Service

https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/man-lights-fire-white-house-secret-service/story?id=63351280

A man set himself on fire Wednesday afternoon near the White House, on the Ellipse near 15th Street and Constitution Avenue, according to the United States Secret Service.

PHOTO: A person set themselves on fire in Washington, DC, May 29, 2019.Alina Berzins
A person set themselves on fire in Washington, DC, May 29, 2019.

A DC Fire EMS spokesman told ABC News a burn victim had been transported to an area hospital as law enforcement continued to investigate the incident.

The identity of the man who set himself on fire at approximately 12:25 p.m. has not been disclosed. The National Park Service and the U.S. Park Police were on the scene to administer first aid.

It’s unclear if the man was trying to make a political statement.

ABC News’ Jack Date contributed to this report.