UPDATE 3:50PM | A MAN who set himself on fire outside the Department of Immigration offices in Sydney’s CBD on Friday afternoon was a “deeply disturbed and upset individual”, police say.
The man, who police confirm is known to them and suffers from a mental illness, was protesting outside the Lee Street office in Haymarket around 1.30pm when he soaked himself in fuel and threatened to self-immolate.
Within 10 minutes of police arriving on the scene and trying to speak with the man, he set himself on fire.
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Armed with fire extinguishers, officers were quick to douse the flames before firefighters hosed the man down.
Police say he suffered “superficial burns” and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being conveyed to hospital for further assessment of both his burns and mental health status.
Police addressed the media at 3.30pm, thanking the brave officers for their quick response. See the video below.
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