California: Man Sets Himself on Fire on UC-Berkeley Campus [VIDEO]

by J Pelkey
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On Wednesday, a man set himself on fire at the University of California at Berkeley campus.

Two good Samaritans were also reportedly injured while trying to help the man.

The incident reportedly took place on Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley shortly before 4:30 p.m.

A video of the incident was posted on social media and has since gone viral.

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In the video, bystanders can be heard screaming at the man to get on the ground. Multiple bystanders hit the man with their jackets to try to put out the fire.

One guy can be seen throwing his bike at the man, but he still does not get down on the ground.

The man was reportedly suffering from a mental health episode.


More from The New York Post:

A man allegedly experiencing a severe mental health episode set himself on fire at the University of California at Berkeley on Wednesday — and a video capturing the distressing incident has been viewed online more than 350,000 times.

Officers with the UC Berkeley Police Department and Berkeley firefighters arrived and got the situation under control, after which the victim was taken to Highland Hospital in Oakland.

The unnamed victim, believed to be in his 20s, suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of his body.

A woman in her 40s who attempted to help the man was hospitalized with minor injuries, while another good Samaritan who also tried to render aid was treated for burns at the scene and released.

Eyewitness Tony Delacruz told the local news outlet Berkeleyside that the man seemed “indifferent” to the fire but was lashing out at bystanders around him.

Rachel Diao, who also witnessed the self-immolation, told the Berkeley Scanner that the man was shouting “Mormon Mafia,” and that he ran from and pushed away those trying to extinguish the flames.

UC Berkeley officials have not said whether the victim was affiliated with the university. The incident is being investigated by the campus police.

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