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Update - Man sets himself on fire on the National Mall

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Washington (CNN) - A man who set himself on fire at the National Mall has died from his injuries, police said Saturday.

Authorities haven't been able to identify him due to the extent of his injuries, so they will conduct DNA tests and use dental records, said Officer Araz Alali, spokesman for D.C. Metropolitan police.

The man was taken to a hospital Friday night after officers rushed to the scene and found the man engulfed in flames.

Alali said authorities are trying to figure why the man self-immolated.

Adam Stifel saw part of the incident while he was jogging.

"I saw a man sitting in flames," Stifel told CNN. "He had already doused himself in gasoline, I believe."

Stifel said five or six people used their shirts to pat out the fire. He said he saw a red gasoline canister near the man.

The incident occurred near the National Air and Space Museum.

The location where the man was found on fire is about six blocks from the U.S. Capitol, where a high speed car chase on Thursday ended with a woman being shot and killed by law enforcement officers.

 

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WASHINGTON (CBSNews.com) -- A fire official says a man has been flown to the hospital after setting himself on fire on the National Mall.

Fire crews responded Friday afternoon to a report of a man on fire at 7th and Madison streets. A witness says she saw a man dump a red canister of gasoline on his head and then set himself on fire.

WNEW senior correspondent Mark Segraves reported that the incident took place on the mall near the National Air and Space Museum. Witnesses told him that two joggers came to the man's aid, ripped off their shirts and tried to put out the fire.

D.C. Fire Department spokesman Tim Wilson says the man has life-threatening injuries.

His name and age weren't immediately known.

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