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Man rushed to hospital with burn injuries after he 'set himself on fire' in Camden

A man has set himself on fire in front of horrified commuters outside Camden Town Tube station in broad daylight.

Police officers and the London Ambulance Service rushed to the scene at 4pm after the fire broke out.

He suffered burns that are not believe to be life threatening, according to officers.

A man has set himself on fire in front of horrified commuters outside Camden Town Tube station in broad daylight (pictured: police at the scene)

He was detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to hospital.

A Tube worker who saw the incident told the Camden New Journal: 'You're just prepared that here you are you can see anything really now. 

'Even so, it was pretty bad. He was screaming.'

Surrounding roads were closed including Kentish Town Road at the junction of Camden High Street while emergency services responded at the scene.  

Police officers and the London Ambulance Service rushed to the scene at 4pm after the fire broke out

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: 'Police were called at approximately 16:01hrs to Camden Town Underground Station.

'Officers and LAS attended the scene and found a man who was on fire.

'The fire was extinguished and he is believed to have suffered non-life-threatening burns.

'He has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.

He suffered burns that are not believe to be life threatening, according to officers

'The man was detained under the Mental Health Act at the scene.' 

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: 'We were called at 4.01pm today (30 July) to reports of a person injured at Camden Town Underground Station.

'We sent an ambulance crew, a medic in a car, an incident response officer, an advanced paramedic, a clinical team leader, and a hazardous area response team. We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance.

'We treated a man at the scene, who has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.'

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