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A man reportedly set himself on fire Friday on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Witnesses said they were unsure why the man set himself aflame.

Sink went on to say that a runner and passerby helped extinguish the flames.

Both police and fire departments responded quickly to the scene.

Numerous protests have taken place in Washington since the federal government partially shutdown on Monday evening. It is unknown if this incident is related to a shutdown protest.

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