Man sets self on fire in front of social services

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A 50-year-old Hague man set himself on fire in front of the social services office in The Hague on Monday morning.

18 February 2008

THE HAGUE – A 50-year-old Hague man set himself on fire in front of the social services office in The Hague on Monday morning and then walked into the building while on fire, police have reported.

A spokesperson for the department of Social Affairs and Employment says that a man came into the office on the Laan van Meerdervoort to collect his post just after nine o'clock.

The man is known to the social services and is in a special programme for the homeless.

He then walked outside again. "There he poured something over himself, lit himself on fire and walked back in," says the spokesperson. Security workers tried to extinguish the flames.

The personnel that witnessed the incident are being given counselling. The man was brought to the burn unit in Beverwijk with burn wounds and respiratory difficulties.

The building on the Laan van Meerdervoort also houses locations of the CWI, UWV and the Mondriaan education group. The building was evacuated immediately after the incident. Employees returned to work during the course of the morning. The building is closed to the public for the time being.

Alderman for Social Affairs in The Hague Henk Kool will visit the building Monday afternoon in his capacity as deputy mayor.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]

Subject: Dutch news

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