Man arrested after setting clothes on fire near White House

Man sets self alight outside of White House

Secret Service officers responded to the incident on the north side of the executive mansion, extinguished the fire and provided first aid, the agency said on Twitter. Agents are reportedly now looking to see if the man left behind any suspicious packages.

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

The man was taken to an area hospital, where he was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

It was not immediately clear if the man was protesting something and the White House's North Lawn remain closed as the investigation continued, the Washington Post reported.

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

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"First aid is being rendered & there is no threat to the President".

Reporters tweeted from the scene as it was happening.

President Donald Trump was in the White House at the time but it's unlcear whether he was aware of the incident.

The Secret Service says the man was riding an electronic wheelchair-type scooter when he lit his jacket on fire while sitting outside the White House.

The White House was put on lockdown for less than an hour.

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