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Man sets himself on fire outside White House

Secret Service operators hurried to secure the White House on Friday after they said a man set his coat on fire outside the premises.

The Secret Service, which monitors the president, said a man “operating an electronic wheelchair-type scooter lit his outer jacket on fire while sitting along Pennsylvania Ave. outside the North Fence Line.”

Officers “immediately responded, extinguished the fire and rendered first aid,” the Secret Service tweeted, adding that the man had “what appears to be non-life threatening injuries.”

Insights concerning what happened were inadequate. It was not even promptly clear what caused the flame.

In an uncommon sight, officers rushed to the scene and others ordered journalists usually stationed with rows of television cameras outside the White House to get inside the building.

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