Man on fire at Washington's National Mall

A law enforcement officer uses a police dog to search for evidence at the scene where a man set himself on fire within sight of the US Capitol building on the US National Mall in Washington, Oct 4, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A law enforcement officer uses a police dog to search for evidence at the scene where a man set himself on fire within sight of the US Capitol building on the US National Mall in Washington, Oct 4, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - A man who apparently set himself on fire at Washington's National Mall on Friday was rushed to a local hospital, officials said.

Police responded to an emergency call about the fire near the Mall's famed museums in the afternoon, police spokesman Hugh Carew said.

He did not know how the man caught on fire, but a federal official told Reuters that investigators had received reports suggesting he set himself on fire.

Police found a red fuel container near where the incident happened.

Mr Carew said the man was conscious and breathing when he was taken to the hospital.