DESMOINES – Police said the man who set himself on fire Tuesday afternoon at the downtown Des Moines Library has died.
Officials evacuated and closed the library located at 1000 Grand Avenue just before 2 p.m. after 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 where he died around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.
The Des Moines Library announced on social media that it will remain closed until further notice.