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DC officers help save man who accidentally set himself on fire

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Police officers on patrol in Northeast D.C. Tuesday morning saved the life of a man who accidentally set himself on fire.

Sixth District Police Captain Regis Bryant called the officers' efforts heroic, saying, "They were shocked that it happened right in front of them and happy they were able to assist in a timely manner."

A shopkeeper who witnessed it told us a man in his 60s, a regular at the Thomas and Sons Food Market in the 3200 block of Benning Road, was trying to light a cigarette when his shirt suddenly caught fire.

As the man attempted to extinguish the flames, nearby officers rushed in to help.

It was all captured by a surveillance camera mounted near the front door of the store.

In the video, you can see the man sitting on the curb when flames begin shooting up his neck and face. He vanishes from the frame for a few seconds before a uniformed Sixth District officer comes into the picture and rushes in to help.

As other officers follow, the first officer rolls the man on the ground and then all of them help extinguish the flames.

The shopkeeper, who declined to go on camera, said when he left his store, he got close enough to see the man was conscious and telling police it was an accident.

A few minutes later, EMS arrived at the scene. After treatment, the victim was loaded onto an ambulance before being taken to a nearby field where he was helicoptered to a nearby hospital.

Police and fire officials familiar with the incident said the man suffered burns to his upper body and was last listed in critical condition.

Capt. Bryant says his officers actions likely saved the man's life.

"When we took the oath, our job is to protect and serve and I think it's more instinct for any police officer," he said.

He continued, "When we see something, we spring into action and I think that's what happened today."

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