DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - Police said the man who set himself on fire Tuesday afternoon at the downtown Des Moines Library has died.
Emergency vehicles respond to a report of a man who set himself on fire at the downtown Des Moines Library branch on Sept. 17, 2019 (KCCI)
It happened just before 2 p.m. at the library at 1000 Grand Avenue.
Officials evacuated and closed the library.
Police said the 36-year-old man poured an unknown liquid on himself and then set himself on fire. Library staff used a fire extinguisher and put out the flames.
The man was taken to a local hospital and eventually flown to the University of Iowa Hospitals Burn Unit in Iowa City.
He died around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said.
The Des Moines Library announced on social media that it will remain closed until further notice.