Man's clothing fire sparks White House emergency: officials

Details about what happened were scanty

Afp April 13, 2019

WASHINGTON DC: Secret Service agents rushed to secure the White House on Friday after an incident involving a man whose jacket was on fire just beyond the border fence, according to officials.

The Secret Service, which guards 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.

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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."

Details about what happened were scanty. It was not even immediately clear what caused the fire.

In a rare 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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