Wednesday, 22 May, 2019

White House fire: Man tries to set himself ablaze outside President's house

Fire,White House,President Details about what happened were scanty. It was not even immediately clear what caused the fire
Deanna Wagner | 13 April, 2019, 00:51

Secret Service agents have apprehended a man who lit himself on fire outside of the White House Friday afternoon.

It is also being reported that suspicious packages are in the area. Secret Service and other personnel responded to the incident a short time ago.

They tweeted: 'A male subject operating an electronic wheelchair-type scooter lit his outer jacket on fire while sitting along Pennsylvania Ave. outside the North Fence Line.

An individual in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, lit his jacket on fire while he was wearing it, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond said the unidentified man was being treated for injuries following the incident and posed no threat to President Donald Trump.

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A nearby block of 17th Street was closed as well, and at least portions of the White House complex were locked down.

The turn of events placed the White House on lockdown Friday afternoon, meaning staffers and journalists can not enter or leave the grounds.

A man has set himself on fire outside the White House, causing a lockdown at the executive mansion in Washington, D.C., officials and witnesses say.

The Washington, DC Fire Department is reportedly treating the man for minor injuries.