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Man Sets Himself ON FIRE Outside White House (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

© Sputnik / Natalia Seliverstova / Go to the photo bankOfficial residence of the U.S. President, the White House in Washington D.C.
Official residence of the U.S. President, the White House in Washington D.C. - Sputnik International
According to a correspondent at the site of the incident, citing the Secret Service, the man has been taken to hospital after the officers responded "in seconds" and extinguished the fire.

The US Secret Service has confirmed earlier media reports that a man set himself on fire outside the White House. The man has reportedly been taken to hospital, with his condition remaining unknown. The incident took place at the Ellipse, near 15th and Constitution Ave., near the Washington Mall, a very popular tourist area.

An alleged video of the incident has appeared online.

WARNING: The following footage is graphic and may offend sensibilities.

​According to a FoxNews correspondent, the US Secret Service has responded to the incident "in seconds," with the fire being extinguished as soon as the man was approached by officers.

The Washington Fire Department has confirmed that the man has been taken to hospital.

"I can confirm that we've transported one patient with burns from the Ellipse and we're now on the scene assisting law enforcement", a spokesperson for the Washington Fire Department stated.

READ MORE: Man Tries to Set Himself on Fire Outside White House (VIDEO, PHOTO)

The man’s motives remain unknown. The White House hasn't commented on the matter.

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