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Indian Origin Man Dies after Setting Himself on Fire Near White House


WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Maryland man, who died after setting himself on fire in the Ellipse near the White House, was reported missing by his family just hours before the incident.

Arnav Gupta lit himself on fire just hours after he was reported missing Wednesday. Gupta was last seen by his family leaving their home on Cindy Lane in Bethesda around 9:30 a.m. They were concerned about his physical and emotional welfare.

Arnav Gupta, of Bethesda, Md., erupted into a bright orange fireball at the Ellipse, a tourist-filled 52-acre public park that sits north of the Washington Monument,
Three hours later, Secret Service and U.S. Park Police were called to 15th and Constitution avenues for a report of a person on fire. They extinguished the fire and took Gupta to the hospital, but he later died from his injuries.

Police continue to investigate Gupta’s death.