a person sitting on top of a metal fence: Image: A Secret Service officer maintains a watch on the 22nd day of a partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington © Joshua Roberts Image: A Secret Service officer maintains a watch on the 22nd day of a partial government shutdown at the White House in Washington A man set himself on fire near the White House on Wednesday, the Secret Service said.

                        The incident took place about 12:20 p.m. on the Ellipse near 15th and Constitution Avenue, the agency said.

                        "Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers responded in seconds, extinguished the fire and began to administer first aid," the agency said in a statement.

                        The Ellipse is a park located south of the White House fence and north of Constitution Avenue and the National Mall.

                        The man, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a local hospital

                        .Last month, a man set himself on fire at the White House. The man in that incident was operating an electronic wheelchair-type scooter while sitting on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the North Fence Line when he lit his outer jacket on fire. His injuries were not life-threatening.

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